Skip to main content

Jessica Sperling Smokoski

Research Project Manager
Social Science Research Institute
2024 West Main Street, Box 104117, Durham, NC 27705
2024 West Main Street, Box 104117, Durham, NC 27705


Jessica Sperling, Ph.D., serves as the Lead of the Applied Research, Evaluation, & Engagement area in Duke University’s Social Science Research Institute. She is dedicated to informing and improving initiatives through responsive and collaborative research, evaluation, and research/practice partnership. At Duke, her work has focused on education, healthcare delivery, diversity/inequality, and innovation/pilot programming; this has included partnerships with entities based in Duke University, Duke Health, and community / non-profit organizations. In addition to serving as a practitioner of applied research and evaluation, she is active in teaching and capacity-building in these areas. She has taught research and evaluation methods courses and has developed and led numerous evaluation trainings serving non-profit, education, and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining SSRI, she worked in research and evaluation in higher education and non-profits in New York City. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Current Appointments & Affiliations