Penn Science Cafe; Regina Baker, Assistant Professor, Penn Sociology

Poverty in the American South
World Cafe Live
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

As a sociologist, Regina Baker studies inequality, social stratification, and families, particularly in the U.S. South. Although poverty and uneven development exist everywhere, this part of the country has seen a disproportionate share of the nation’s socioeconomic problems. For decades, poverty in the South has been the highest and most persistent, and the Great Recession only made things worse. In this talk, Baker will discuss the latest findings from her research, which looks at the role of demographic, economic, and racial factors that influence poverty, as well as the uncertainty of future safety nets for America's most vulnerable populations.