Jen Sandler is the Director of UACT and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at UMass. Her research focuses on on how people who want to change society understand, produce, and mobilize knowledge. She thinks with and writes about meetings, unlikely coalitions and partnerships, policy change projects, teaching, and other forms of relationality.
Jen earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, and held visiting faculty positions at Trinity College and Bates College before coming to UMass and UACT in 2012. She is intensely grateful to have so many meaningful projects and people guiding her engagement in these times of extraordinary precarity, injustice, violence, and possibility. Jen is also a perpetual but determined novice when it comes to connecting with fertile land, food, art, language, and her own ancestry. Her day-to-day is grounded by a nine-year-old kid, builder partner, the best pup, and a couple of old hens.