Jessica Austin

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Jessica Austin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is also a graduate research assistant at the Natural Hazards Center, where she serves as the primary data manager for the Social Science Extreme Events Research network. Before returning to full-time study, Jessica held multiple policy and administration roles in state, federal, and non-profit public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She earned a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Master of Science in anthrozoology from Canisius College. Her research specialties include animals and society, social psychology, and qualitative research methods.