'Sociology 207: Poverty in America’ course focuses on lived experiences of U.S. poor

Sociology 207

Professors Matthew Desmond, a professor of sociology, and Kathryn Edin, a professor of sociology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have constructed a course that mixes lectures, guest speakers and fieldwork, and covers some of the most central aspects of poverty. 

Incorporating activity-based learning, the class engages students in structured fieldwork. Students hear from outside speakers and conduct interviews and observations in the community. These ethnographic approaches are rooted in Desmond and Edin’s own scholarly work.

The course has a robust lineup of speakers, made possible in part by Princeton’s Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI) in the Office of the Dean of the College. This curricular effort, led by Director Trisha Thorme, connects students’ academic work with communities, allowing students to apply classroom skills to pressing issues of local populations.

Read more about Sociology 207 "Poverty in America" by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Photo by Egan Jimenez, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs