Jennifer Dunn, JD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Family Health Care Nursing
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Address2 Koret Way, #411
San Francisco CA 94143
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    University of California, BerkeleyBAEnglish Literature
    University of California College of the Law, San FranciscoJDLaw
    University of California, San FranciscoPhD CandidateSociology
    University of California, BerkeleyGraduate Student InstructorSociology

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    Professor Jennifer Dunn is a teacher, lawyer, and emerging scholar in sociology. Her research focuses on reproductive health, health equity, and social justice. Jennifer taught at UC Law SF from 2005 to 2019 before joining the UCSF School of Nursing as an Assistant Professor in Family Health Care Nursing.

    Jennifer was the Law and Policy Advisor to UCSF ANSIRH and the Director of the Access through Primary Care Initiative (HWPP #171) from 2005-2009. In 2007, while working at ANSIRH, she partnered with the ACLU, UCSF Options Center, and Planned Parenthood to form the California Abortion Alliance (CAA). Jennifer served as CAA’s Director from 2010 to 2021.

    Jennifer's current research into the genealogy of segregated pregnancy care is one of her most ambitious projects to date. She is undertaking a mixed-methods study to investigate the legal and political conditions that create and reproduce segregated pregnancy care and how clinicians experience providing care in these segregated systems. Through legal and archival research, she aims to trace how segregated health care was legally authorized through Jim Crow legislation; how de jure segregation continued through residential redlining and racialized occupational categories; and how de facto health care segregation was later reproduced through laws and health system financing so that segregated health care for low-income pregnant people and communities of color continued to be legalized and normalized in this country. Through interviews and ethnographic observation, she will explore how clinicians experience providing care in clinical spaces where pregnant patients enrolled in Medicaid are served in separate clinics, provided care under different protocols, or assigned different providers than privately insured patients.

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    1. "'Oh gosh, why go?' cause they are going to look at me and not hire": intersectional experiences of black women navigating employment during pregnancy and parenting. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2023 Jan 10; 23(1):17. Mehra R, Alspaugh A, Dunn JT, Franck LS, McLemore MR, Keene DE, Kershaw TS, Ickovics JR. PMID: 36627577; PMCID: PMC9830615.
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    2. The role of human rights litigation in improving access to reproductive health care and achieving reductions in maternal mortality. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Nov 08; 17(Suppl 2):367. Dunn JT, Lesyna K, Zaret A. PMID: 29143674; PMCID: PMC5688491.
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    3. A survey of access to trial of labor in California hospitals in 2012. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2013 Apr 03; 13:83. Barger MK, Dunn JT, Bearman S, DeLain M, Gates E. PMID: 23551909; PMCID: PMC3636061.
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    4. After the Choice: Challenging California’s Physician-Only Abortion Restriction Under the State Constitution. UCLA Law Review. 2013; 61:22-42. Dunn JT, Parham L. View Publication.
    5. Abortion in California: A Medical-Legal Handbook. 2012. Dunn JT, Mraz J, Schultz EC, Drey EA, Meckstroth KR.
    6. Gonzales v. Carhart: A Threat to Women’s Health and Reproductive Freedom. California Women Lawyers Quarterly. 2007. Maya M, Dunn J.
    7. Physician Assistant as Abortion Provider: Lessons from Vermont, New York, and Montana. UC Hastings Law Journal. 1998; 49:253-288. Jennifer Templeton Schirmer. View Publication.
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