The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy

The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University

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Jennifer (Jenny) LaFleur 

Photo of Jenny LaFleurJenny’s research seeks to apply critical geography to analyses of social problems and social policy, and considers how the spatial distribution of social and economic resources shapes opportunities for historically minoritized groups. Additionally, she is interested in how market fundamentalist policy interacts with economic and racial residential segregation to shape outcomes for children and families. Her current and recent research examines how: private school vouchers impact educational opportunity for low income students and students of color; residential segregation influences children’s exposure to disease and chronic health conditions; the parents of Black and Latinx students view inter-district school desegregation programs; and the impact of neighborhood contexts and resources on outcomes for public school students with disabilities. She has a bachelor's degree in African/African American studies and educational studies from Carleton College and a master's degree in education policy from Harvard University.

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