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Dr. Jenny Stuber

Associate Professor of Sociology

Phone: (904) 620-2850

Office: Building 51, Room 2231

Email: j.stuber@unf.edu

 

Faculty Bio

Areas of Expertise

Social Inequality

Sociology of Education

Sociology of Culture

Research Methods

Urban and Community

Education

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.

Biography

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: https://works.bepress.com/jenny-stuber/