For my latest CV, click here: Brensinger CV (PDF)


2021 (exp)    PhD, Sociology, Columbia University

2017               MA, Sociology, Columbia University

2013               MIA, Social Policy, Columbia University

2010               Certificate, Middle East Cultures and Religions, Jerusalem University College

2007              BA, Mathematics and Spanish, Messiah College (magna cum laude)

Honors Thesis: La condición política de la comunidad latina en los Estados Unidos

Honors, Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

2018-2021      Harvey Fellow, Mustard Seed Foundation

2016                American Sociological Association Travel Grant

2016                Travel Grant, Columbia University Graduate Student Advisory Council

2015-2020     Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow, Columbia University

2015                Travel Grant, American Educational Research Association, Division J

2015                Travel Grant, Columbia University

2014-2015      Jinny M. Goldstein Scholar in Sociology and Education, Columbia University

2013-2015      Doctoral Fellow, Columbia University

2012-2013      Alice Stetton Fellow, Columbia University

2012                 Comparative International Education Society Student Paper Prize for “Beneath the Hype: The Labor Market, International Organizations, and the Future of Egyptian Higher                                          Education After the Arab Spring”

2011                 Alpha Kappa Alpha Graduate Merit Scholarship

2010                G. Douglas Young Scholarship, Jerusalem University College

2006-2007     Ernest L. Boyer Scholar, Messiah College

2006                Sider Institute Fellowship, Messiah College

2004-2007     Sigma Zeta Honor Society

2004-2007     Provost Scholarship, Messiah College

2003-2007     Dean’s List, Messiah College



Belyavina, Raisa and Jordan Brensinger. 2013. “Building Knowledge-Based Economies in Latin America: The Role of National Study-Abroad Scholarship Programs.” Pp. 39-53 in Latin America’s New Knowledge Economy: Higher Education, Government, and International Collaboration, edited by J. Balán. New York: Institute of International Education.

Brensinger, Jordan. 2012. “The Contextual Crisis of the Asian University.” APAC Journal 2(Spring): 7, 14.

Work in Progress

Brensinger, Jordan. “Becoming ‘Open-Minded’: Navigating Muslim Identity at an Elite University.”

Brensinger, Jordan. “Openness to Diversity and the Maintenance of Distinction in Elite Higher Education: The Case of Muslim Students.”

Brensinger, Jordan. “Structures of (In)Difference: Americans’ Attitudes Towards Domestic Social Groups, 1964-2016.”


“‘Openness’ as Distinction: Moral Discourse and the Reproduction of Inequality”

  • 2018 American Sociological Association Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2018
  • Center for the Study of Wealth and Inequality, Columbia University, New York, NY, March 2018
  • 2018 Eastern Sociological Society Mini-conference on Class and Culture, Baltimore, MD, February 2018

“Becoming ‘Open-Minded’: The Construction of Moral Identity in Higher Education”

  • Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Workshop, Columbia University, New York, NY, September 2016
  • 2016 American Sociological Association Meeting, Seattle, WA, August 2016
  • 2015 American Educational Research Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2015
  • Workshop on Wealth and Inequality, Columbia University, New York, NY, December 2014
  • Diversity in Research and Practice Conference, Columbia University, New York, NY, May 2014

“Embodied Boundaries: Modesty and Superiority in Zionist Religious Girls Schools”

  • 2016 American Sociological Association Meeting, Seattle, WA, August 2016
  • Aage Sørensen Memorial Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, April 2016

“Habitus, Reflexivity, and the Cognitive Foundations of Social Mobility” – 2015 American Sociological Association Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 2015

“Balancing Equality and Heterogeneity: Human Capital Theory and Postmodernism in the Service of Higher Education Development” – GS Conference on Philosophy and Education, Columbia University, October 2013

“Beneath the Hype: The Labor Market, International Organizations, and the Future of Egyptian Higher Education After the Arab Spring”

  • International Education Conference, New York University, April 2013
  • Middle East Education Research Dialogue, Columbia University, March 2013


Research Experience

2014-2015     Research Assistant, Aaron Pallas and Douglas Ready, Columbia University

2013                Research Consultant, Columbia University and Tisch Illumination Fund

2013                Research Consultant, New Classrooms Innovation Partners

2012                Research Intern, Institute of International Education (IIE)

2009               Operations and Research, Jones Lang LaSalle, Philadelphia, PA

2007-09         Operations and Research, NAI CIR, Harrisburg, PA

Teaching Experience [*= with Section(s); ^=Senior Teaching Assistant]


2017-18          Senior Thesis Seminar (for Van Tran)

2017                Methods for Social Research (for Jacob Boersema)

2016                The Social World* (for Gil Eyal)

2006               Calculus I (for Douglas Phillippy)


2014                Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs (for Aaron Pallas)

2014                Data Analysis for Policy and Decisionmaking II (for Douglas Ready)

2013                Data Analysis for Policy and Decisionmaking I (for Douglas Ready)

2012-13           Quantitative Analysis*^ (for Paul Thurman)


Undergraduate Thesis Advisees

Year                 Name                                       Topic

2017-18           Trendha Hunter                     Adolescent Masculinity in an Inclusive School

2017-18           Cindy Liu                                 Gendered Occupational Barriers in Classical Music

2017-18           Amber Officer-Narvasa        Race, Place, and Change in a New York Co-op

2017-18           Julius Wilson                          Journalistic Professional Discourse in the Trump Era


Departmental Service

2016-2017      PhD Student Representative (nominated), Department of Sociology, Columbia University

2013                Peer Advisor (appointed), Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

2012-2013      Academic and Orientation Chair (elected), Student Association, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

2005-2006     Honor Code Committee Member (appointed), Department of Mathematics, Engineering, and Business, Messiah College

2006                Student Forum Representative (elected), Student Government Association, Messiah College

2006                Student Representative (appointed), Messiah College Subcommittee on Gender Relations

2006                Student Representative (appointed), Messiah College Subcommittee on Student Activities


American Sociological Association (Sections: Culture; Inequality and Social Mobility; Science, Knowledge, and Technology)

Eastern Sociological Society

American Educational Research Association (past)

Comparative International Education Society (past)

Technical Skills

Programming: R (check out my DataCamp profile)

Software: Microsoft Excel, NVivo, Stata

Language Skills

English (Native), Spanish (Advanced), Arabic (Beginner), French (Beginner)


Advocacy and Community Service

2015-Present   Co-founder and Mentor, Pathways Mentorship Program

2013                  Teacher, Columbia Philosophy Outreach Program, Harlem Fortune Society

2011-2013        Co-founder and Outreach Chair, Education Collaborative

2008-2009      Director of Student Relations, Forgotten Voices International

2006                  Peacebuilding Trainee, Summer Peacebuilding Institute, Eastern Mennonite University