Dr Jessica Gagnon is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. Her research is focused on higher education, especially the student experience. She is an educational sociologist and she completed her PhD in February 2016 at the University of Sussex, earning an unconditional pass/no corrections. She earned an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex and an MA in Higher Education Administration from Santa Clara University, both with distinction. She completed her BA in English and journalism with honours at Framingham State University. Jessica is a first-generation student from an American working-class, single mother family. She has worked in higher education in the US and UK for more than 15 years. In addition to her research, Jessica has taught at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels.
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