So, who is this girl anyway? 

Jillian Powers is an applied sociologist with over ten years of experience in the public and private sector designing human-centered research practices and interpreting trends for clients in a range of industries including media and entertainment, automotive, education, retail, healthcare, and non-profits. She is an expert in the American cultural experience and has focused her inquiry on topics such as immigration, diversity, heritage, tourism, popular culture, and higher education. Her work has been featured in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, online and print sources, and she regularly uses her data and research to inform and advise community organizations, journalists, students, as well as international foundations. Recently, she gave a Tedx talk entitled, the New American Normal, and facilitated a workshop for AmeriCorps on the American Dream. She was the 2015-2016 Association of Jewish Studies Berman Early Career Fellow, a lecturer in American Studies at Brandeis University, a Florence Kay Fellow with a specialization in Immigration and American Society at Brandeis University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University and her BA in Sociology from Dartmouth College. Currently lives in Brooklyn with her geriatric, but much loved dog, Brutus.