Jasmin is an ethnographer who writes about poverty, inequality, and social media. She earned a PhD in sociology from Harvard University, supervised by Matthew Desmond. Jasmin’s research uses urban and cultural sociology to study the transition to adulthood among marginalized young people.
With a focus on girls and sexual- and gender-minority youth, she is especially interested in how adolescents meet each other’s needs in the absence of robust support from adults or institutions. She also explores how cell phones and social media shape how young people form bonds and make sense of their lives.
Jasmin’s book, forthcoming with Princeton University Press, shows how peer support is an overlooked but critical factor promoting well-being among poor teenagers. Drawing on fieldwork conducted over four years with teen girls in Boston-area housing projects, she reveals how adolescent friendships mitigated some of poverty’s hardships. Her master’s paper, drawn from the same research, won the Graduate Student Paper Award from the Society for Social Problems’ Youth, Aging, and the Life Course Section.
An experienced interviewer and fieldworker, Jasmin spent two years studying low income, rent-stabilized tenants in New York City facing landlord harassment. She also contributed field research to the New York Times bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.
Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Education, the Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Center for American Political Studies.
B.A. (Hons), Politics, Psychology, and Sociology, University of Cambridge (First Class with Distinction)
A.M., Sociology, Harvard University (2015)