Jordan J. Brensinger

Jordan J. Brensinger

Research Interest


Jordan Brensinger is a Ph.D. student, Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow, and Harvey Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University. His research focuses primarily on identification processes in various organizational contexts with a particular focus on the role of personal data in the U.S. economy.

Jordan’s dissertation, funded by the National Science Foundation (award #1921260), investigates identity theft resolution from the perspective of victims and the organizations they navigate. Through in-depth interviews with victims, Jordan explores how individuals go about “recovering their identities” and details the financial and emotional toll that experience takes on them and their families. He also examines the equally crucial role different organizations and government agencies play in the identity recovery process by interviewing personnel and observing work in key organizational contexts, including local law enforcement, financial institutions, and victims assistance organizations. The project speaks to two larger issues. First, it aims to develop our understanding of the link between the management of personal data and economic and other forms of insecurity in American households. Second, it promises to elucidate how actors negotiate risk and trust to repair breakdowns in expert systems for identification—sociotechnical systems central to the generally smooth operation of countless economic, social, and political processes in everyday life.


  • 2021 (exp) PhD, Sociology, Columbia University
  • 2017 MA, Sociology, Columbia University
  • 2013 MIA, Urban and Social Policy, Columbia University
  • 2010 Certificate, Middle East Cultures and Religions, Jerusalem University College
  • 2007 BA, Mathematics and Spanish, Messiah College (magna cum laude)


  • 2017-18 Senior Thesis Seminar (for Van Tran)
  • 2017 Methods for Social Research (for Jacob Boersema)
  • 2016 The Social World (for Gil Eyal)
  • 2014 Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs (for Aaron Pallas)
  • 2014 Data Analysis for Policy and Decisionmaking II (for Douglas Ready)
  • 2013 Data Analysis for Policy and Decisionmaking I (for Douglas Ready)
  • 2012-13 Quantitative Analysis (for Paul Thurman)