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A native of Louisiana, Dr. Jean has taught in a public high school in France, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in sociology, data science, and education policy. He is an alumnus of the MAPSS program (2007), the UChicago Sociology PhD program (2016), and was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. He was a UChicago Center for Teaching and Learning Pedagogy Fellow in 2023.
Dr. Jean specializes in research related to education, especially as it relates to social inequality. He also has interests in the sociological analysis of organizations, crime and violence, health care, and religion. He currently teaches Sociology of Education, Economic Sociology, and Intermediate Regression and Data Science. His research has included studies on the effects of ability grouping and tracking in schools on student learning behaviors, the effects of student mobility on academic outcomes, and racial discrimination in housing appraisals. He is a quantitative specialist, but also has experience conducting qualitative research. He supports Master’s students pursuing the sociology concentration, as well as those pursuing the Quantitative Methods and Social Analysis (QMSA) and Education and Society (EDSO) certificate programs.
You can find a research brief based on Dr. Jean's recent work on discrimination in housing appraisals here.