Jennifer Sherman

Jennifer Sherman

Associate Professor in Sociology / Washington State University, USA

Jennifer Sherman is a sociologist focused on poverty and inequality, particularly in rural U.S. communities.

Jennifer Sherman has an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her policy interests include the social safety net, family support, and education, while her research looks at the interactions of economic conditions, cultural norms, and family outcomes, particularly in rural areas. She focuses on the connections between structural conditions, cultural discourses, and family lives.

Recent Publications:

  • ‘Surviving the Great Recession: Growing Need and the Stigmatized Safety Net.’ in Social Problems, 2013.
  • ‘Social Class and Parenting: Classic Debates and New Understandings’, in Sociology Compass, 2012
  • ‘”Sending Off All Your Good Treasures”’: Rural Schools, Brain Drain, and Community Survival in the Wake of Economic Collapse’, in Journal in Research in Rural Education, 2011
  • Those Who Work, Those Who Don’t: Poverty, Morality, and Family in Rural America. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2009




CROP News and Events

Poverty as Ideology: Rescuing Social Justice from Global Development Agendas

18 January 2019 | George Washington University, USA

BOOK LAUNCH by Andrew Fischer, winner of the International Studies in Poverty Prize awarded by CROP and Zed Books.


January 2019

CROP POVERTY BRIEF 48: By Adebusuyi Isaac Adeniran (Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Nigeria, and Research Coordinator at Migration and Development in Africa Monitors (MDAM), Nigeria)

Consolidating South Africa's Emerging Democratic Developmental State through Developmental Local Government

December 2018

CROP POVERTY BRIEF: By Isaac Khambule (PhD Candidate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Researcher at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa)

News from CROPNET

Fifth Annual Amartya Sen Essay Prize

12-15 March 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya

ESSAYS: Award ceremony will be held at social justice conference.

SDG Conference Bergen

7-8 February 2019 | University of Bergen

re:thinking/re:working - Addressing the inequality of knowledge

CODESRIA 15th General Assembly

17-21 December, 2018 | Dakar, Senegal

EVENT: Africa and the Crisis of Globalisation.