Professor Jennifer Bennett Shinall's research interests are employment law, labor economics, and legal and economic history. Her research examines the effects of obesity on the labor market and how the legal system can address these effects. Other current research focuses on the employment effects of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008. Professor Shinall was the first graduate of the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics at Vanderbilt University. Before returning to Vanderbilt as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Law and Economics in 2013, Professor Shinall served a judicial clerkship for the Honorable John Tinder in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She earned her J.D. and Ph.D. in law and economics at Vanderbilt Law School, where she served as Senior Articles Editor for Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Professor Shinall teaches Employment Discrimination Law and Employment Law to J.D. students. She also teaches Labor Markets and Human Resources and Ph.D. Workshop for the Ph.D. Program in Law and Economics.
Professor Shinall received her A.B. in Economics and History from Harvard University in 2006.