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Jessica Huerta

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Jessica Huerta received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2011.
Jessica's research has centered on gender in organizations. As an undergraduate at UCSD Jessica’s thesis focused on sex discrimination and sexual harassment against women in male-dominated fields, particularly the military. Through assistance from the Center for Research of Gender in the Professions and participant of the undergraduate honors research program, she examined the conditions where service members are most likely to speak up against violations of policy. Along with insights from the scholar community, Jessica’s research benefited from her experiences in the active duty Air Force and her deployment to Iraq. 
Jessica's work at UCLA shifted from women's navigation of hostile workplaces to cultural representations of women in male dominated fields, particularly women in combat. Her masters research consisted of content analyses of online newspapers sampled from civilian sources and military sources to examine the discourse of the repeal of the Combat Exclusion Rule. The discourse of women's role in war brings to light conceptions of gender; what activities are appropriate or not appriopriate for women and men, is war fundamentally a male activity or are there specific competencies required that women can master and if so, do media depict women as competent warriors?  
Future work will focus on men and masculinities, particularly the fatherhood practices of military men. Jessica is preparing a qualitative project incorporating observations of family routines, interviews of military men alone, military men with their partners, and an audience ethnography of military men as they watch media depictions of fathers. 
Jessica continues to serve the Air Force via the California Air National Guard and is active in the veteran community of Southern California. 

Fields of Study

Gender, Family, Organizational Analysis, Military and Veterans

Grants and Awards

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship

Graduate Student Research Mentorship Program

CA National Guard Education Assistance Award


BA, University of California, San Diego (With Highest Distinction)

MA, University of California, Los Angeles