- BA, Sociology and French, Wellesley College
- PhD, Sociology, University of Virginia
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University
- Growing Up Rich and Growing Up Poor in America
- Culture and Power
- Introduction to Sociology
- Millennials in the Workplace
- Qualitative Methods
Current Research Interests
- Social Class
- Transitions to Adulthood
- Family and Intimate Life
Works in Progress
- Pain and Politics in Small-Town America (book manuscript in preparation)
Silva, Jennifer M. and Sarah M. Corse. "Envisioning and Enacting Class Mobility: the Routine Constructions of the Agentic Self." Forthcoming: American Journal of Cultural Sociology.
Weinberger, Michelle, Jane Zavisca, and Jennifer M. Silva. "Consuming for an Imagined Future: Middle Class Consumer Lifestyle and Exploratory Experiences in the Transition to Adulthood." Forthcoming: Journal of Consumer Research.
Snellman, Kaisa, Jennifer M. Silva, Carl B. Frederick, and Robert D. Putnam. 2015. “The Engagement Gap: Social Mobility and Extracurricular Participation among American Youth.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 657(1): 194-207.
Silva, Jennifer M. 2014. “Working-Class Growing Pains.” Contexts 13(2).
Silva, Jennifer M. 2013. Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty. Oxford University Press.
Silva, Jennifer M. 2012. “Constructing Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty.” American Sociological Review 78(4): 505-522.
Silva, Jennifer M. and Allison J. Pugh. 2010. “Beyond the Depleting Model of Parenting: Narratives of Childrearing and Change” Sociological Inquiry 80(4): 605-627.
Silva, Jennifer M. 2008. “‘A New Generation of Women’? How Female ROTC Cadets Negotiate the Tension between Masculine Military Culture and Traditional Femininity.” Social Forces 87(2): 937-960.