Jennifer Sykes

Jennifer Sykes

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(Sociology & Social Policy, May 2011)
Thesis Title: Paychecks and Parenting: Taxes, Symbolic Spending, and Child Expenditures Among Low-Income Working Parents
Committee: Christopher Jencks (Chair), Kathryn Edin, and Christopher Winship
Initial Placement: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, School of Public Policy, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Current PositionAssistant Professor, Social Relations and Policy, James Madison College at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Jennifer Sykes’s research focuses on poverty and inequality. Her work examines vulnerable families and their relations with the state. Her recent projects and publications involve tax policy, namely the Earned Income Tax Credit, and child protection, with an emphasis on child neglect. She has won several awards, including the Truman and Marshall fellowships while an undergraduate at James Madison College and the Jacob K. Javits and NSF awards while at Harvard. She received her BA in Social Relations and Psychology James Madison College at Michigan State University and her MA in Social Policy from the University of York in the United Kingdom

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