As part of the 3rd Annual Department of Sociology and Rural Studies Research Symposium (SRSRS) with the theme of "Making It in the 21st Century: Sociological Perspectives on Work, Poverty, and Culture," department, regional, and national scholars and students will present their research and service work. The keynote address will feature Jennifer Sherman, author of the book Those who Work, "Those who Don't: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America."
Speaker Information: Jennifer Sherman is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washington State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006. Her research looks at the ways in which job loss, poverty, and economic strain affect families, particularly in rural U.S. communities. Her aim is to understand how labor market changes affect family life, cultural discourses, and gender norms. Her work includes the 2009 book Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t, which looks at how the members of an isolated rural community coped with downward mobility caused by the loss of timber industry jobs, and examines a wide range of reactions, showing how substance abuse, domestic violence, and gender roles fluctuated under the town's economic strain. She is also co-editor of the 2017 volume Rural Poverty in the United States.
Sponsored by: Sociology Department and Alpha Kappa Delta