Joel has been a faculty member at Saint Louis University since September 2007. He has been a tenure-track Assistant Professor since 2010.
Dr. Joel Jennings is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Saint Louis University. He is interested in Latino/a immigration, new destinations, citizenship and geographic scale. His research explores the geographies of the emergent Latino population in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently involved in an on-going multi-phase investigation into attitudes towards immigrants in Missouri. Joel is a former Board Chair/CEO and current Board member for Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants (ILSI) a non-profit organization that provides legal services to low income immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis region. He is a co-founder and coordinator for the St. Louis Consortium for Latino Research (STLCLR) which brings researchers from SLU, Washington University and the University of Missouri, St. Louis together with Latino-serving organizations and individual community members. Joel previously served in various capacities for Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO3), including handling immigration casework, and as a campaign staffer during the 2004 and 2006 elections. At Saint Louis University, his courses include; Soc 118: Geography of World Regions; Soc 218: Cities and Space: Urban Geography; Soc 318: Immigration and Soc 418: Citizenship (a challenge seminar designed for graduate school-bound juniors and seniors). In 2010, Joel received the Robert A. Johnston, S.J. Award for Teaching Excellence by the College of Arts and Letters at Saint Louis University. Joel earned his doctoral degree from the Department of Geography at Cambridge University, England. His studies there were supported by a Gates Cambridge Trust Fellowship and an Overseas Research Scholarship (British government).
Sandoval, Jennings, Rataj and Klein. "Engaging Latinos in Access to Counseling and Education (EnLACE): An Applied Research Project to Understand Quality of Life." Journal of Applied Social Science. [Accepted for Publication and scheduled to appear Spring 2013.]
Jennings, Joel P. and J.O. Sandoval (2012) "Burgeoning Latinidad and the 'Latino Threat": An Analysis of the Latino Population in the 'Show Me State"'. Journal of Great Plains Research, 22 (2): 123-135.
Sandoval, J. O., Jennings, Joel. P. (2012) "Latino Civic Participation: Evaluating Indicators of Immigrant Engagement in a Midwestern City." Latino Studies 10, 523-545.
Sandoval O., Harris J.K., Jennings J., Hinyard L., Banks G. (2012) Behavioral risk factors and Latino BMI: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 23 (4):1750-1767.
J.S. Onésimo Sandoval & Joel Jennings (2012) Barrios and hyper barrios: how Latino neighborhoods changed the urban built environment, Journal of Urbanism: International Research on Placemaking and Urban Sustainability, 52 (3): 111-138.
Jennings, Joel. (2008) Beyond the Nation-State: Scaling Claims to Latino/a Citizenship in St.Louis, Missouri. In Ed Jackiewickz and Fernando Bosco (editors). Placing Latin America. Rowman and Littlefield. Lanham, Maryland. Pages 235-249.
Jennings, Joel, Stuart Aitken, Silvia Lopez Estrada and Adriana Fernandez. (2006) Learning and Earning: Relational Scales of Children's Work. AREA 38 (3): 231-239.
Aitken, Stuart C., Silvia Lopez Estrada, Joel Jennings and Lina Maria Aguirre. (2006) Reproducing Life and Labor: Global Processes and Working Children in Tijuana, Mexico.Childhood: A Global Journal of Childhood Research. 13 (3): 365-387.