Feb 20 2023

In memory of Jennifer Kohler (1990-2022)

We are sad to announce the death of Jennifer Kohler, who was a committed and vibrant member of the Department of Economic History and will be hugely missed by us all.

Jennifer completed her master’s degree in the Department and continued into our PhD Programme as one of the brightest and most capable students we are proud to have had here.

Her focus was on African Economic History, Colonial History, Social Capital and the Economic History of Women’s Empowerment. Her thesis was on Culture and Institutions in African Economic History.

Jennifer taught our undergraduate students as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and will be remembered as an innovative and exceptional teacher. Her students found her engaging, inspirational and hugely supportive.

As a colleague and friend, Jennifer was kind, funny and thoughtful. She was wonderful company and will be greatly missed by us all.

If you would like to leave condolences, a memory or comment, please do so below.

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9 Responses to In memory of Jennifer Kohler (1990-2022)

  1. Judith Shapiro says:

    This is a terrible loss — i want to shout “unfair”!

    Jennifer was my brilliant GTA for Economics of Gender in Beijing, inspiring our students and supporting me in a summer with my own bereavement.

    The students still recall her influence, when i wrote of her loss on WeChat I can still see her standing at the front of our very Chinese room, all eyes on her glittering.

    . I remain grateful to the Department of Economic History and to Helena Ivins for finding her for me. She was indeed inspiring and exceptional.and her memory will remain with all of us.

  2. Jane Humphries says:

    Jennifer has left us much too soon. My condolences to her friends and family. We in the community of economic historians share their sadness. A vibrant spirit has gone. Jane Humphries

  3. Safya Morshed says:

    Jennifer was an excellent mentor and colleague in the department. She always provided support and advice both in teaching and research, and I learned much from her. She is missed greatly, though the positive impact of her work is still felt deeply.

  4. Alexander Sahlender says:

    Dear Jenny, I got to know you as the daughter of a good acquaintance. You radiated a warmth of heart that was incomparable. When people were invited to barbecues with you, for example, it was always pleasant to see you, to have conversations with you, to feel your presence.

    You were called away by God much too early in my eyes, and we can all only hope that this fact has a good reason. Probably God needed another angel urgently.

    Rest in peace, dear Jenny.

  5. Bonnie Buyuklieva says:

    You are very missed, Jenny. Thank you for being with us for the time you were and bring so much humour and joy.

  6. I write to extend my deepest condolences to Jennifer’s family, friends, and loved ones. She was a warm, kind person as well as a brilliant and creative scholar, interested both in big questions and also in the nuts-and-blots of method and methodological innovation. She had many friends at the LSE and in the Goodenough residences, where I know her peers were by her side during both the good and difficult times in London. Jennifer will be missed greatly; so many of us are deeply, acutely saddened by this loss. May her memory be a blessing to those who loved her.

  7. Ross says:

    I just found out. I knew Jennifer as she taught me a module during summer school a few years back. Her passion in teaching and inspiring others played an instrumental part in me choosing to pursue an MSc at LSE. Thank you for inspiring me and others to pursue our goals. You will be missed.

  8. Tim Besley says:

    I was sad to learn about the loss of Jennifer. She was a dedicated and compassionate teaching assistant in Ec201 where she was popular with students and was a joy to have in our team. My sincerest condolences to her friends and family.

  9. Dimitra Petropoulou says:

    I am so saddened to learn of Jennifer’s passing. She was a warm and compassionate human being, an inspiring teacher and scholar and a much valued member of the EC201 team. A generous spirit who is much missed. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

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