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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


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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