Jennie Hamilton was born in London and educated in the state school system there. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Exeter, where she met her future husband, Andrew, she continued with graduate courses to obtain her teaching qualification at the University of Southampton.
Jennie and Andy lived in Strasbourg, France, for two years while Andy held a postdoctoral position at the University of Strasbourg. In 1981, they moved to the United States, where they spent the next 28 years at Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Yale University. Their three children were all born in the US and continue to reside here, and both Hamiltons became US citizens. Jennie and Andy returned to England when Andy was selected as the vice-chancellor of Oxford University in 2009. Since Andy assumed the presidency of NYU in January 2016, they have called New York City home.
Throughout her career, Jennie has taught in a number of subject areas, including science and math in state schools in the United Kingdom; English as a Second Language in a private school in France; and elementary science at a school for dyslexic students in New Jersey. Most recently she was an instructor of English as a Second Language in an adult program at Branford School district in Connecticut.
During her years in Oxford, Jennie served as a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau, helping elderly and low-income residents resolve legal, financial, employment, and other problems. She was also vice president of the Oxford Women’s Luncheon Group, which brings together local women to promote understanding and cooperation between the university and the city.
At Oxford University, Jennie was on the board of the Newcomers Club, an organization that provides support to newly arrived spouses and partners of faculty. She also served on the Bodleian Library Development Board, which raises funds for the university library system.
Jennie particularly enjoyed hosting and attending student, alumni, and fundraising events with Andy in Oxford, around the UK, and worldwide. She looks forward to being similarly involved in the complex, diverse, and vibrant community that is NYU.