Professor Jennifer Rubin is Executive Chair of the ESRC.

Jennifer served as Chief Executive until the end of March 2018. On creation of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on 1 April, she became ESRC's Executive Chair.

Jennifer was previously Director of the Policy Institute at King's and Professor of Public Policy. Before joining King's Jennifer established and then led the justice and home affairs research programme at RAND Europe for ten years. She has served on RAND's executive team most recently as Executive Vice President, helping to lead its quadrupling in size in Europe.

Jennifer obtained her PhD at the University of Cambridge in social and political sciences at King’s College, following a first class degree in European Politics at Loughborough University. She has lectured in politics and psychology, published numerous peer-reviewed policy research reports and academic journal articles and been a visiting fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies.