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Jennifer Pike
Research Director, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR)

Jennifer Pike joined PAR as a research analyst in 2005. Her primary research focus is state finance. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Governmental Research Association, the national network of individuals professionally engaged in governmental research.

Ms. Pike is the author of recent PAR publications GulfGov Reports: Spending Federal Disaster Aid and Questioning Candidates Beyond the Platitudes.

Ms. Pike is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in mass communication and Spanish literature and a Master of Arts in Political Science. Her primary graduate research focus was on public opinion analysis and political preference formation. She served PAR as a graduate research intern in 2002-03.

As an undergraduate student Ms. Pike was editor of The Daily Reveille, the student-run LSU newspaper. She studied Arabic in the U.S. Army and previously worked in various editorial capacities for newspapers and nonprofit organizations. She also served as an AmeriCorps member for Volunteer Baton Rouge.

Current Topic


04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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