Jennie Pearson (she/her)

UBC PhD Student

Jennie Pearson (she/her) is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at the University of British Columbia. Her research is nested in the AESHA Project at the Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity, and is supervised by CGSHE faculty members Dr. Andrea Krüsi and Dr. Shira Goldenberg. It explores the lived experiences of sex workers and outcomes of digital community mobilization in the context of criminalization anti-sex work internet policy. Jennie also works with the AESHA Project as a Community Engagement Associate, collaborating with the qualitative and quantitative research teams on knowledge translation, creative storytelling projects, and community partnership initiatives. Her past work experience ranges from storytelling and journalism to gender equity campaign work and resource development for frontline sex work organizations such as PACE Society. Jennie received a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Masters of Global Communications from Simon Fraser University. Her thesis work examined the internet policy FOSTA/SESTA and its implication for the sex work community. Jennie is passionate about dismantling stigma around sex work and uses her storytelling and research abilities to amplify community-centred dialogue.