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

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

Works in Progress

  • We're Still Here: Pain and Politics in American Working-Class Life. Under contract: Oxford University Press.
  • “Linking Electronic Health Records and Patient's Life Experiences in a Disadvantaged Community Setting” (with Elizabeth Durden and Annemarie Hirsch).
  • “PROTECT - A Participatory Research Design Framework For Privacy-Enhancing Socio-Technical Systems” (with Darakhshan J. Mir, Evan Peck, Mark Latonero, and Yan Shvartzshnaider).

Selected Publications

Silva, Jennifer M. and Kaisa Snellman. 2018. “Salvation of Safety Net? Converging Aspirations and Diverging Narratives of College Among Working- and Middle-Class Young Adults.” Social Forces. Published online June 12.

Silva, Jennifer M. and Sarah M. Corse. 2017. “Envisioning and Enacting Class Mobility: The Routine Constructions of the Agentic Self.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology 6(2): 231-265.

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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