Since 1999, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs has conducted interdisciplinary research focusing on the cultural and literary representations of South Korean adoptees and single mothers, North Korean orphans, and unnaturalized Korean persons sent to the U.S. for the purpose of intercountry adoption. Her scholarly work has informed transnational projects such as Justice for Adoptees: Stop the Deportation of Russell Green and foreign policy debates on North Korean orphan identities. In addition to contributing literary essays to the Mascara Literary Review, Asian American Writers Workshop among others, she has given numerous print and radio interviews and presentations advocating for Korean single mothers and transnational/transracial adoptees.
Her writing has been mentioned in the anthologies The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature, Contemporary Asian American: A Multidisciplinary Reader (third edition), The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines, Places in the Making: A Cultural Geography of American Poetry, The Routledge Companion to Asian American Media, and The Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature.
Currently co-editing Radical Kinships: An Anthology of Autocritical Writing with Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills, Lisa Moore, and Joshua Whitehead, Jennifer is also a frequent contributor of book reviews and essays on contemporary poetry.