Jennifer M. Silva
Jennifer Silva is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bucknell University. As a sociologist of culture and inequality, she investigates the relationship between systems of inequality – race, social class, and gender – and systems of meaning. Her recent book, Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty (Oxford, 2013), examines how working-class young men and women navigate the transition to adulthood in a world of disappearing jobs, soaring education costs, shrinking support networks, and fragile families. Previously, Silva was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, where she worked in the Saguaro Seminar, exploring the impact of economic insecurity on social connectedness and civic engagement.