Jessica Welburn

Jessica Welburn
Assistant Professor; Sociology & African American Studies
Ph.D. Harvard University
Office: 
W118 Seashore Hall
Phone: 
319-335-2511
Fax: 
319-355-2509

Spring 2017 Office Hours:
Monday 12:00-1:00 pm in W118 Seashore Hall

Tuesday 10:00 -11:00 am in 504 Jefferson Building

Professor Welburn’s research interests include race and ethnicity, social mobility, urban inequality, cultural sociology and qualitative research methods. Her work has focused on the experiences of African Americans in the post-Civil Rights era, including how they conceptualize their social mobility prospects and their strategies for navigating persistent racism and discrimination. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled Keep on Pushin’ that uses in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations to explore how working class and middle class African Americans in Detroit, MI navigate the city’s crumbling infrastructure. In addition, Professor Welburn is working on a book manuscript co-authored with Michèle Lamont, Joshua Guetzkow, Hanna Herzog, Nissim Mizrachi, Elisa Reis and Graziella Silva. The book draws upon over 400 qualitative interviews to compare the destigmatization strategies of blacks in the United States, blacks in Brazil, and several groups — Ethiopian Jews, Mizrahi Jews and Palestinian Citizens of Israel — in Israel.