Jessica Pearlman

Director of Research Methods Programs
E27-A Machmer Hall

Jessica Pearlman joined ISSR in September 2016 and serves as ISSR's Director of Research Methods Programs. Dr. Pearlman came to University of Massachusetts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she earned a PhD in Sociology and a MS in Statistics. She also holds a MA in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida.

Her methodological training is multidisciplinary and includes survey design and sampling, ethnographic methods, and statistical coursework from the departments of Economics, Biostatistics, Psychology, Statistics and Sociology.

Prior to joining ISSR, Dr. Pearlman worked for several years as a statistical consultant, primarily at the Odum Institute at UNC-CH, advising faculty, graduate student, undergraduate students and non-profit organizations on the appropriate statistical methods to use for their research projects.She has also held research positions at the consulting firm Social Policy Research and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Dr. Pearlman’s research explores the relationships between macro-economic conditions, labor market structure, public policy, and stratification, in particular economic inequality and health disparities. She examines how transformations of labor market opportunities over the past 40 years have contributed to changing patterns of inequality among educational levels, age groups and between men and women. Her research focuses on both the United States and Nepal.

Recent Publications

  • Pearlman, Jessica (2015). The Consequences of Job Displacement for Health: Moderating Influences of Economic Conditions and Educational Attainment. Social Science Research 52:570-87.
  • Campbell, Colin and Jessica Pearlman (2013). Period Effects, Cohort Effects and the Narrowing Gender Wage Gap. Social Science Research 42(6):1693-1711.
  • Huffman, Matt, Philip Cohen and Jessica Pearlman (2010). Engendering Change: Organizational Dynamics and Workplace Gender Desegregation 1975-2005. Administrative Science Quarterly 55:255-77.