Jessica Murray is a doctoral student in Human Development at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a Fellow for the Futures Initiative at The Graduate Center. Her interests include mobilities, work-family psychology, transportation, technology, accessibility, and disability rights. Her current project is Our Mobility – a research study designed to learn more about individual differences in mobility in New York City. For her post-doctoral work, she hopes to provide critical analysis of systems that fail to support 100% of humanity.

She earned a BFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and worked as a graphic designer in a variety of media in Dallas, TX, and in New York City where she moved in 2008. She eventually managed a small creative team at an online marketing company in New York, simultaneously discovering interests in interpersonal work relationships and the intersection of work and personal life domains, with a special interest in commuting and transportation. While completing her MA at The Graduate Center, her interests changed to reflect her growing awareness of the obstacles that impact independent mobility for people with disabilities. She completed an MA in Liberal Studies, on the Psychology of Work and Family track in 2014, with a thesis titled Work-Life Experiences for People with Mobility Disabilities Living in New York City, which examines the structural issues that impact the daily lives of adults with disabilities.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys exploring New York City (by bicycle if the weather permits), cooking, brewing beer, and is attempting to rehabilitate a brown thumb with a window herb garden succulents, which are supposedly hard to kill.

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English Teacher by Martin Honert
Cover Image: Group of Teachers by Martin Honert