Educational Background

  • BA, Sociology and French, Wellesley College
  • PhD, Sociology, University of Virginia
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University

Teaching Interests

  • Growing Up Rich and Growing Up Poor in America
  • Culture and Power
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Millennials in the Workplace
  • Qualitative Methods

Current Research Interests

  • Politics
  • Social Class
  • Inequality
  • Transitions to Adulthood
  • Family and Intimate Life
  • Culture

Works in Progress

  • Pain and Politics in Small-Town America (book manuscript in preparation)

Selected Publications

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.


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