Jen Maguire, MSW , Ph.D.

Jen Maguire MSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
(707) 826-4565
Behavioral and Social Sciences 450

I earned my associate degree from Orange Coast College, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Master of Social Work degrees from Chico State University, and doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Sciences with a minor in Rural Studies from Oregon State University.

I was attracted to Humboldt State University’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research grounded in social and environmental justice and the Department of Social Work’s central purpose to improve the well-being of individuals, families, organizations and communities, particularly for rural and indigenous populations.


Broadly speaking, my research uses ethnographic and qualitative methods to examine interventions designed to optimize the health and development of rural families experiencing food, housing, and home-energy insecurity. More recently, my work has expanded to include college students. My research has relevance for policy and program development that supports healthy living for all people.

Areas of focus:
Food, housing, and home-energy security program and policy development; program implementation and evaluation studies; rural street-level bureaucracy; college student success; and qualitative and ethnographic research methodologies