Jennifer E. Cross

Associate Professor


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  • Office Hours:

    Tuesday 2-3pm, Thursday 1-2pm
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Behavior Change, Conservation and Sustainability, Social Networks, Evaluation and Research Methods
  • Department:

    • Environmental Affairs and Sociology
  • Education:

    • Ph.D., University of California, Davis


Jeni Cross, Ph.D., is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She earned a bachelor s degree from Colorado State University and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Davis.

Jeni's research interests include community attachment/sense of place, land use and conservation, sustainability, inter-agency collaboration, social networks, and social norms. She has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention. She is a community sociologist who regularly works with public schools and community agencies on a variety of community-based participatory research projects centered on health promotion and community development. Her current projects include research on land conservation decision-making, energy conservation and sustainability in public schools, and inter-agency collaboration related to organizational transformation.


  • Soc 270


    This course should be titled, “The Social Production of Reality”. In this class, we explore what is means to be human and how through our everyday interactions with one another, we make and remake ourselves, our culture, and our social worlds.