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Kari Jensen

Associate Professor of Global Studies and Geography


Degrees

PHD, 2007, Pennsylvania State Univ; MPHIL, 2000, Univ Oslo; BA, 1996, Univ Oslo


Bio

Dr. Jensen received her Ph.D. in Geography from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007. She has an M.Phil. degree and a Bachelor degree in Human Geography from the University of Oslo (Norway). Before she started her doctoral studies at Penn State she worked for the immigration authorities in Norway and for a non-governmental organization helping orphan children in Bangladesh get an education. She has conducted research in Bangladesh intermittently the last fifteen years, increasingly focusing on the lived experiences of children from low-income households, including their work and access to education. Her doctoral research focused on children who are domestic workers (i.e. servants) for wealthier families in Dhaka, Bangladesh. In particular she focused on the cultural context of the children's relationship with employers and the prospects for increasing their quality of life through access to public and semi-public spaces where they can develop their social network and seek help in case of neglect and abuse. Dr. Jensen also explored the work that governmental and non-governmental organizations do to help working children in general, and child domestic workers in particular. She uses different qualitative methodologies in her research, such as discourse analysis, participant observation, and critical ethnography.


Teaching Interests

Cultural Geography; Geography of South Asia; Child Labor, Geographic Methodology

Research Interests

Child labor in Bangladesh. Prevention of rural-urban child migration in Bangladesh. Young people's experiences growing up in multi-cultural families in the US and Norway. Discourses of physical appearance among Bangladeshi people in Bangladesh and North America.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
GEOG 001 (BH) WORLD REGIONAL GEOG Undergraduate
GEOG 002 (BH) HUMAN GEOGRAPHY Undergraduate
GEOG 004 (BH) CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY Undergraduate
GEOG 014F (BH, CC) CHILD LABOR TODAY Undergraduate
GEOG 014S (BH,CC) CHILD LABOR IN THE WOR Undergraduate
GEOG 100 HONORS ESSAY Undergraduate
GEOG 114 (BH, CC) GEOG OF SOUTH ASIA Undergraduate
GEOG 151 INDEPENDENT READINGS IN GEOG Undergraduate
GEOG 191 SEM-GEOGRAPHIC METH Undergraduate
GS 100 HONORS ESSAY Undergraduate
GS 190 INTERNSHIP IN GLOBAL STUDIES Undergraduate
INTD 003A DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM Undergraduate
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