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About Jennifer Jackman, Ph.D.

Jennifer Jackman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Salem State University, where she teaches courses in American politics, policy, and law, along with first year seminars in "Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My" and "Animals & Society." She co-teaches a Summer Institute on Experiencing Wildlife: Cape Cod, which is a week-long experiential undergraduate course that combines wildlife biology and ecology with analysis of stakeholders and politics, policy and management issues related to regional wildlife controversies. She also teaches public policy analysis at the Tufts University Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Professor Jackman directs ongoing research on attitudes towards coyotes and other wildlife on Cape Cod.
Her background includes advocacy, scholarship and curriculum development in the areas of animal protection, women’s rights, and human rights. For fourteen years, she served as Director of Policy and Research for the Feminist Majority Foundation. She worked in Kabul as the Research and Policy Advisor for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and in Massachusetts as the Research Director for The Wage Project. In addition, she oversaw the development of Humane Society University’s higher education programs in animals and public policy, animal studies, and humane leadership. She also has taught at Westfield State College and Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement.
Jackman received her Ph.D. in social policy from Brandeis University and later earned a M.S. in animals and public policy from the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her B.A. in government from Smith College.


Present Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Salem State University
Present Content Contributor, The Animal Studies Repository

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi Society Initiate
  • Civic Engagement Hall of Fame Faculty Inductee
  • Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Travel Fellowship
  • Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund
  • Advisor of the Year, Salem State University


  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Animals & Society
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Grassroots Politics
  • Issues in American Politics and Policy
  • Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • Public Administration
  • American State and Local Government
  • Gender, Law and Policy

Contact Information

Meier Hall 333B
Department of Political Science
Salem State University
Salem, MA 01970