Tom Wooten

Tom Wooten

Tom Wooten

(Sociology)
Ph.D. Date: May 2022 (Expected)
Dissertation Title: Precarious Mobility: Trying and Failing to Get Ahead in the 21st Century
Dissertation Committee: Mary C. Waters (Chair), Mario L. Small, and Jocelyn Viterna
Research/Teaching Interests: Poverty, mobility, the transition to adulthood, sociology of education, gun violence, ethnographic methods

Dissertation Topic: Based on two years of full-time ethnographic research about the transition to college for low-income students from New Orleans, this dissertation updates bedrock sociological theory about why it is so difficult for young people from low-income families to "make it" in the United States.

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