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Robert FrancisRobert Francis

Assistant Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4515
Fax: 509.777.None listed
Office Location: Lindaman Sem.Center 201A
Email: rfrancis@whitworth.edu

Education

PhD, Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, 2019

MA, Social Science, University of Chicago, 2006

BA, Sociology/Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College (IL), 1999

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty

2019

Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Poverty and inequality, work and occupations, social class/working class, rural social class/working class, rural sociology, social policy, qualitative methods

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

PUBLICATIONS:

Edin, Kathryn, Timothy J. Nelson, Rachel Butler, and Robert D. Francis. 2019. “Taking Care of Mine: Can Child Support Become a Family‐Building Institution?Journal of Family Theory & Review. 11(1): 79-91.

Edin, Kathryn, Timothy J. Nelson, Andrew Cherlin, and Robert D. Francis. 2019. “The Tenuous Attachments of Working-Class Men.” Journal of Economic Perspectives. 33(2): 1-19.

Francis, Robert D. 2019. “Book Review of Crossing Boundaries, Redefining Faith: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Emerging Church Movement.” Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry. 1(1): 76-83. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33929/sherm.2019.vol1.no1.07

Francis, Robert D. 2018. “Book Review: Working in Class: Recognizing How Social Class Shapes Academic Life.” Teaching Sociology. 46(3): 280-282.

Francis, Robert D. 2018. “Him, Not Her: Why Working-Class White Men Reluctant About Trump Still Made Him President of the United States.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. Volume 4. .

Jones, Robert P. and Robert D. Francis. 2012. “The Black and White of Moral Values: How Attending to Race Challenges the Mythology of the Relationship between Religiosity and Political Attitudes and Behavior.” In Robin Dale Jacobson and Nancy D. Wadsworth (eds.) Faith and Race in American Political Life. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press. 

PRESENTATIONS:

2019  “Missing Men? Reassessing How We Measure, Explain, and Understand the Declining Labor Force Participation Rate Among Prime-Age Men”. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference. November 7-9.

2019  “Navigating the Academic Job Market”. Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting. August 7-10.

2018  “Men Fleeing Work or Work Fleeing Men? Chronic Labor Force Nonparticipation Among Rural, Working-Class Men.” Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility (IPM) Open Paper Session: (Legally) Vulnerable Workers. American Sociological Society Annual Meeting. August 11-14.

2017 “Him, Not Her: Why Working-Class White Men Reluctant About Trump Still Made Him President of the United States.” Innovations 2017: A Celebration of Faculty Scholarship. Marymount University. November 1. 

HONORS:

2018-19 Annie E. Casey Foundation Rural Poverty Research Fellow.

2018 Second Place Poster. “The Job Carousel: How Poor-Quality Jobs Contribute to Declining Labor Force Participation among Working-Class Men.” Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society. July 26-29.

2018 Irene B. Taeuber Graduate Student Paper Award, PhD Level. District of Columbia Sociological Society. “Men Fleeing Work or Work Fleeing Men? A Qualitative Exploration of Chronic Labor Force Nonparticipation Among Rural, Working-Class Men.” $200.

Research & Scholarship

2018 Rural Sociological Society Doctoral Dissertation Research Award. $3,000.

2018 Seed Grant for Dissertation Research. Program on Social Inequality. Johns Hopkins University. $1,000.

2018 SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award. American Sociological Association Section on Teaching and Learning.