Jenna joined the Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations at the Central European University in 2011. In her thesis she explores transnational migration governance networks. For the academic year 2016/2017 she is an honorary resident fellow with the Center for Media, Data and Society with a project on technical expertise and governance knowledge on migration and its representation in print and online media. Additionally, she is the student chair of CEU's Migration Research Group.
Previous positions include visiting fellow with the Migration & Diversity-Cluster at the Institute for European Studies (VUB), visiting fellow with the Migration Policy Institute Europe, policy analyst for Habitat for Humanity, and recurring consultant for the Open Society Foundations' International Migration Initiative. Additional professional experience includes several years of working in communications and public affairs (corporate affairs).
While at CEU, she founded the Migration Research Group (MiRG), and she has been affiliated with the School of Public Policy - as a junior scholar, co-organizing a course on migration policy in the European context, and as a junior consultant in the 'migration policy seminar series' at the School of Public Policy. She has also been a research assistant in an EU-commissioned research project on the cost and benefits of labor mobility from Eastern Partnership countries to the EU (project lead: Prof. Martin Kahanec).
She has participated in numerous summer schools (e.g. EUI/Florence, UPF/Barcelona), conferences, and workshops, all evolving around developments in and challenges of migration, migration policy, and migration governance.
Born in Hamburg, Germany, Jenna has lived for longer periods in the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, and currently Hungary. She has graduated from the University of Hamburg with distinction (supervisor: Prof. Antje Wiener). Her diploma thesis analysed the reform of German migration policy from a World-Systems perspective.