P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Jenna Cook, 2018

PhD, Harvard University

Jenna Cook is an immigrant from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Sociology at Harvard University

Jenna Cook was adopted from Wuhan, China in 1992 and grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. With the support of her adoptive family, Jenna traveled back to China for the first time at age ten and began intensively studying Mandarin in high school.

In 2014, Jenna graduated from Yale University with a BA in women’s, gender, & sexuality studies. Her undergraduate thesis examined the one child policy and the son preference in China as driving forces behind the abandonment of Chinese girls for adoption. Jenna’s thesis was awarded the John Addison Porter Prize for outstanding thesis or dissertation, the Henry K. Hayase Prize in Asian American Studies, the Williams Prize in East Asian Studies, and the Steere Prize in Women’s Studies.

After graduating from Yale, Jenna returned to live in China for three years. During this time she conducted fieldwork on Chinese domestic adoption policy and practice as a Fulbright Fellow, served as a teacher at the Yale Young Global Scholars Program in Beijing, and earned an MA in China studies with a concentration in law and society at Peking University’s Yenching Academy.

Jenna’s research interests include kinship, reproduction, gender, culture, and social change. An important goal of her research is to contribute towards building cross-cultural understanding between the people of the US and China.

  • MA Sociology | Harvard University 2020
  • MA | Peking University 2018
  • BA Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies | Yale University 2014
  • PhD Sociology | Harvard University
  • JD Law | Yale University
  • John Addison Porter Prize for Outstanding Thesis or Dissertation
Related Articles

The Opportunity You Shouldn't Pass Up: Apply

The 2025 application is open. Are you a New American who will be 30 or younger as of October 31, 2024, and who will be in graduate school full-time for the 2025-2026 academic year? Check out our eligibility requirements, learn about the Fellowships,...

Read More

The Summer Awaits: How Recent Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows Are Spending Their Summers

From trips to visit family around the world, to internships and research in and out of the lab, the 2018 and 2019 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows have a lot to look forward to this summer.

Read More

2018 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows Announced In The New York Times

Read More
transform="translate(188.000000, 15.000000)"