Jenni Holsinger

Jenni Holsinger

Office Phone: (540) 432-4457


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 201

Associate Professor Sociology

Applied Social Sciences Dept

Jenni Holsinger received her PhD in sociology from the University of Washington and her undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University. As an associate professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences she teaches courses on environment and society, research methods, social movements, and stratification. Jenni’s research interests include demography and migration, environmental sociology, race and ethnic relations, and urban sociology. Her current research involves a quantitative approach to understanding environmental inequity and the immigrant experience. Jenni enjoys accompanying students on study abroad trips and adventures with her family.


Ph.D. Sociology, University of Washington, 2006
M.A. Sociology, University of Washington, 2001
B.A. Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, 1996


Holsinger, J. 2011. Commentary on Listen to the Children: Conversations with Immigrant Families by Elizabeth Conde-Frazier (Judson Press, 2011). Journal of Latin American Theology.

Holsinger, J. 2009. Residential Patterns of Arab Americans: Race, Ethnicity and Spatial Assimilation. In The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society Series, edited by Steven Gold and Ruben Rumbaut. LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“Loving Our Neighbor(hoods).” Mennonite Higher Education Faculty Conference, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, ON, 2014.

“Advantage or Disadvantage? The Residential Experience of Arab Americans.” Paper presented at the Middle Eastern Diasporas: (In)visible Minorities Conference, Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University and Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, Graduate Center, City University of New York, New Haven, CT, 2005.

“The Segregation Of Arab Americans: A Question Of Assimilation.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, 2004.

“Perceptions of Racial Discrimination Among High School Seniors in Tacoma.” Paper presented, Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Vancouver, B.C., 2002.

Church, Community and Professional Service

Reviewer for Sociological Forum, American Sociological Review, Journal of Hate Studies, Norton Press

EMU Service

Faculty representative, Mennonite Sociology Collaborative Management Oversight Board, 2014-
Faculty representative, Oregon Extension Academic Governance Committee, 2014-
Faculty representative, Shenandoah Valley Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, 2014-