Jennifer Sayed

Ph.D. student, Department of Education


Jennifer is interested in examining the qualities of relevant and effective social studies education, including the integration of data analysis, digital skills and computational thinking into social studies instruction. 


Jennifer grew up in the area of Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University and earned an M.Ed. specializing in secondary social studies from Merrimack College as an education fellow. She completed her Master of Liberal Studies at SMU in 2022, specializing in global studies and humanities, and presented her capstone research at the American Historical Association annual conference. She has been an educator for over 23 years and most recently taught at Dallas Independent School District’s CityLab High School, one of the district’s transformation schools. While there, she taught social studies classes and developed the urban planning CTE program. She strives to engage students in experiential and project-based learning to develop both their local and global awareness. Her work as an educator has been recognized by the Abdelkader Education Project, DISD and the Greater Dallas Planning Council. She enjoys walking in nature, visiting museums and reading.