Jessica Murray is a doctoral candidate 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.
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, her home since 2008. She 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, 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 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. Her thesis was titled Work-Life Experiences for People with Mobility Disabilities Living in New York City, which examined structural and environmental issues affecting the daily lives of wheelchair users.