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Jennifer Sykes, Ph.D.

Jennifer SykesAssistant Professor
Sociology Department
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-3703
Phone: 541-737-2016


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Ph.D., Sociology & Social Policy, Harvard University, 2011

A.M., Sociology, Harvard University, 2006

M.A., Social Policy, University of York (UK), 2001

B.A., Social Relations and Psychology, James Madison College, Michigan State University, 1999

Recent Publications:

Ruby Mendenhall, Kathryn Edin, Susan Crowley, Jennifer Sykes, Laura Tach, Katrin Kriz, and Jeffrey R. Kling. 2012 “The Role of Earned Income Tax Credit in the Budgets of Low-Income Households.” Social Service Review Vol. 86, No. 3, pp. 327-400.

Sykes, Jennifer. 2011. “Negotiating Stigma: Understanding Mothers’ Responses to Accusations of Child Neglect.” Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 33, No. 3. pp. 448-456.

Waters, Mary and Jennifer Sykes. 2009. “Spare the Rod, Ruin the Child? First- and Second-Generation West Indian Child-Rearing Practices.”  In Nancy Foner (Ed.), Across Generations: Immigrant Families in America (pp. 72-97).  New York: New York University Press.

Areas of Interest:

Poverty and Inequality

Social Stratification and Mobility

Social Policy/Welfare State

Child and Family Welfare