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Jenny M Stuber

Associate Professor

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Social Inequality

Sociology of Education

Sociology of Culture

Research Methods

Urban and Community


2006 Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Dissertation: “Within the Walls and Among the Students: How White Working- and Upper-Middle Class College Students Make Sense of Social Class.”


1997 M.A., Sociology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Thesis: “HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS: A Study of Psychosocial Response among Gay Men Living in the Epidemic.”


1994 B.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
Thesis: “Destination Northwestern University: Capital Transactions on the Road to an Elite College Education.”


I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. After growing up in Minnesota, I went on to receive a PhD in Sociology from Indiana University; I also hold degrees from Northwestern University and Brown University. Motivated by my own experiences with social class and being a first-generation college student, my research focuses on the cultural aspects of social class inequality.  I work from the assumption that social class inequality reflects not simply the fact that some people have more economic resources than others, but that some people also have more valuable symbolic resources, especially what sociologists call social and cultural capital.  By looking at the cultural underpinnings of class inequality, my research asks questions about how people understand, enact, and use social class in their everyday lives. My 2011 book, Inside the College Gates: How Class and Culture Matter in Higher Education, investigates the how social class and first-generation status shape how students navigate the college environment, focusing specifically on their social interactions and extra-curricular involvement. My current research focuses on the exclusive resort town of Aspen, Colorado, and how local stakeholders attempt to resolve the seemingly divergent class interests of the pepole who live and vacation there.  My research has also appeared in Sociological Forum, The Journal of Contemporary Sociology, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and Teaching in Higher Education. In 2015 I published a textbook with Oxford University Press entitled Exploring Inequality: A Sociological Approach. I am currently working on another textbook, Sociology of Education: A Systematic Approach, with Jeanne Ballantine and Floyd Hammack.

Links to my work can be found here:



Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher, 2018

Presidential Leadership Award, 2018


Sociological Forum, Editorial Board Member, 2018-2020

Contemporary Sociology, Editorial Board member, 2018-2020

Sociology of Education, Editorial Board member, 2016-2018

Teaching Sociology, Editorial Board member, 2014-2016


Grants and Contracts Awarded

Faculty Affairs, Summer Research Grant, 2017

Dean's Research Grant, 2017

Research Enhancement Grant, 2016

Publications & Presentations


----. Aspen and the American Dream: Class, Community and the Politics of Development. Forthcoming with University of California Press. 

2017. Schools and Society: A Sociological Approach to Education, 6th edition. Jeanne Ballantine, Joan Z. Spade, and Jenny Stuber. Sage.

2017. The Sociology of Education: A Systematic Analysis, 8th edition. Jeanne Ballantine, Floyd Hammack, and Jenny Stuber. Routledge.

2015.  Exploring Inequality: A Sociological Exploration. Oxford University Press.

2011 Inside the College Gates: Class, Culture, and Higher Education. Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield. 


2015 Stuber, Jenny.  "Pushed In Our Pulled Out?  How Organizational Factors Impact the Social and Extra-Curricular Experiences of First-Generation Students."  In College Students' Experiences of Power and Marginality: Sharing Spaces and Negotiating Differences, edited by Elizabeth M. Lee and Chaise LaDousa.  Routledge.      


2011 Klugman, Joshua, Pamela B, Walters, Jenny Stuber, and Michael Rosenbaum. “Social Status, Values, and Support for Reform in Education.” The Social Science Journal 48: 722-734.


2011 Stuber, Jenny M., Josh Klugman, and Caitlin Daniel. “Gender, Social Class and Exclusion: Collegiate Peer Cultures and Social Reproduction.” Sociological Perspectives 54: 431-451.


2011 Stuber, Jenny M. “Integrated, Marginal, Resilient: Race, Class, and the Diverse Experience of White First-Generation College Students.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 24: 117-136.


2010 Stuber, Jenny M. “Class Dismissed?: The Social Class Worldviews of Privileged College Students.” Chapter 8 (pp. 131-151) in Educating Elites: Class Privilege and Educational Advantage in the United States, edited by Adam Howard and Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández. Lanham, Maryland: Roman & Littlefield. 


2009 Stuber, Jenny M. “Class, Culture, and Participation in the Collegiate Extra-Curriculum.” Sociological Forum 24 (4): 877-900.


2009 Stuber, Jenny M., Amanda Watson, Adam Carle, and Kristin Staggs. “Gender Expectations and On-line Evaluations of Teaching: Evidence from” Teaching in Higher Education 14: 387-399. 


2006 Stuber, Jenny M. “Talk of Class: Discursive Boundaries and Social Reproduction among Working- and Upper-Middle-Class College Students.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 35: 285-318. 

Reprinted in: Korgen, Kathleen, ed. 2008. Contemporary Readings in Sociology. Pine Forge Press.


2005 Stuber, Jenny M. 2005. “Asset and Liability?: The Importance of Context in the Occupational Experiences of Upwardly Mobile White Adults.” Sociological Forum 20: 139-166. 

Contact Information

Building 51, Room 2231

(904) 620-2850