Brooke Jespersen


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A., Medical Anthropology and Global Health, Case Western Reserve University, 2017
  • B.A., Anthropology and Spanish, Western Washington University, 2015


  • Aging
  • The Life Course
  • Migration and Mobilities
  • Subjectivities
  • Neighborhood Ecologies
  • Geographic Areas: Puerto Rico and U.S. Mainland


  • ANTH 316: Current Global Health Events (Spring 2020, Fall 2021)


  • 2019: Swetland Community Fellowship, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health
  • 2019: Behavioral and Social Sciences Travel Stipend, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2019: Graduate Student Travel Award, CWRU
  • 2018: Verhosek Fund Graduate Student Conference Travel Award, CWRU
  • 2016-Present: Anthropology Graduate Assistantship, CWRU
  • 2015: Taylor-Anastasio Undergraduate Research Award, WWU


  • 2021: PEO Ohio Chapter Q Scholarship, Chapter Q of PEO Sisterhood (dissertation research)
  • 2019: Social Justice Institute Graduate Research Fellowship, Social Justice Institute, CWRU (pre-dissertation research)
  • 2019: Medical Humanities and Social Medicine Graduate Research Grant, Dept. of Bioethics, CWRU (pre-dissertation research)


  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods
  • Mixed-Methods
  • Multi-Level Modeling



  • Jespersen, B. V., Korbin, J. E., & Spilsbury, J. C. (2021). Older neighbors and the neighborhood context of child well-being: Pathways to enhancing social capital for children. American Journal of Community Psychology, 0, 1-12. DOI.
  • Jespersen, B. V., Hildebrand, V. M., Korbin, J. E., & Spilsbury, J. C. (2021). The influence of neighborhood violent crime on child-rearing: Integrating neighborhood ecologies and stratified reproduction approaches. Social Science and Medicine, 272. DOI.
  • Maguire-Jack, K., Jespersen, B. V., Korbin, J. E., & Spilsbury, J. C. (2020). Rural child maltreatment: A scoping literature review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse. DOI.
  • Spilsbury, J. C., Nadan, Y., Kaye-Tzadok, A., Korbin, J. E., Jespersen, B. V., & Allen, B. J. (2018). Caregivers’ Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Child Maltreatment: a Pilot Case Study in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Cleveland, USA. International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice1(1), 19-40. DOI.


  • Jespersen, B. V. 2021. “Migration and Aging in the Right Place: Older Puerto Rican adults’ narratives.” Gerontological Society of America, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Jespersen, B. V. 2021. “The Best-Laid Plans: Adapting Research to COVID-19.” Invited Plenary Roundtable, Society for Psychological Anthropology, Virtual.
  • Jespersen, B. V. 2019. “Mobility Regimes in Pursuit of ‘Good’ Old Ages: Examining Older Puerto Rican Adults’ Migration Narratives.” American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropology Society, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Jespersen, B.V. 2019. “Migration, Mobility, and Pursuit of ‘Good’ Old Ages: Narratives of Puerto Rican Older Adults Who Migrate to the US Mainland.” Gerontological Society of America, Austin, Texas.
  • Korbin, J., Spilsbury, J., Coulton, C. & Jespersen, B. V. 2019. “Other People’s Children: The Role of Neighbors and the Community in Promoting Child Well-being and Preventing Child Maltreatment.” International Society for Child Indicators, Tartu, Estonia.
  • Jespersen, B. V. 2019. “Negotiating Mobility and Risk: Later Life Migration and Puerto Rican Elderhood in Cleveland, Ohio.” Society for Psychological Anthropology, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.
  • Jespersen, B. V. 2018. “‘There’s No Safety’: Stratified Reproduction and the Neighborhood Context of Safe Child-Rearing.” American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA.
  • Jespersen, B. V. 2018. “Older Adults and the Neighborhood Context of Child Maltreatment: Pathways to Improving Child Well-Being.” Society for Applied Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA.