Jennifer (Jen) S. Dean currently teaches English and serves as department chair at Leander Middle School just north of Austin, Texas. She is also the founder of The Skin We Are In, a website and podcast dedicated to telling women's stories with the goal of revealing how women both define and embody what it means to be a woman today.
Jennifer received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington (2005) magna cum laude and an M.A. in Teaching (2014) from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Prior to her current professional and scholarly roles, Jennifer was the National Research Assistant at 826 National in San Francisco in addition to working in museum administration at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.
Jennifer’s research seeks to link public policy and education in several areas. She has published on the relationship between education policy and perceptions of teachers in the media. She also researches and writes about the development of student voice through policies and curriculums that emphasize social justice, empathy, and the arts. Furthermore, she works to create sustainable partnerships between schools and art museums as well as cultural institutions.