- PhD, Claremont Graduate School
- MA, San Diego State University
- BA, cum laude, Brandeis University
Jenifer has directed the PhD Program in International Relations since 2002 and the Mid-Career MA in International Relations at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy since 2013. She also coordinates the Global Issues Seminars, which are a twice-yearly outreach activity of the Fletcher School to the local high school history teacher community. Previously, she taught language policy, applied linguistics, and Spanish for many years at Simmons College and at San Diego State University, as well as at universities in Paraguay and Spain. She has also worked on World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and Harvard Institute for International Development projects in Latin America.