Jennifer Keene studies gender and age stratification as well as paid work and family issues. In recent years, she has conducted research on work-family balance and tradeoffs, as well as the effects of spousal caregiving on survivors' well-being in widowhood. Currently Keene is working on several projects examining disparities in the provision and use of employer provided health insurance and other research on children's economic well-being in two-parent families and those being raised by grandparents. With Andrea Fontana, Keene recently published Death and Dying in America (2009, Polity Press). In 2002, Keene co-founded a local chapter of Sociologists for Women in Society, which continues to meet each semester. In 2005, she won the College of Liberal Arts William Morris Teaching Award and the UNLV Alumni Association Award for Student-Centeredness. She joined the UNLV faculty in 2001.