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Jennifer Sykes

Assistant Professor, James Madison College


poverty and inequality, vulnerable families and their relations with the state

Current Research

tax policy, namely the Earned Income Tax Credit, and child protection, with an emphasis on child neglect

Selected Publications

  • Sykes, Jennifer. 2011. Negotiating stigma: Understanding mothers' responses to accusations of child neglect. Children and Youth Services Review 33 (3): 448-56.

  • Halpern-Meekin, Sarah, Kathryn Edin, Laura Tach, and Jennifer Sykes. 2015. It's not like I'm poor: How working families make ends meet in a post-welfare world. Oakland, California: University of California Press.

  • Sykes, J., K. Kri, K. Edin, and S. Halpern-Meekin. 2014; 2015; Dignity and dreams: What the earned income tax credit (EITC) means to low-income families. American Sociological Review 80 (2): 243.

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