Jennifer Randles, Ph.D.

Promising New Faculty Award, 2016-17
Department of Sociology

“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.” C. Wright Mills, Sociologist, 1959

Jennifer Randles is a sociologist of family, inequality, and policy, who joined the Fresno State Sociology Department in 2013. As an ethnographer, her research addresses how social and economic inequalities affect family life in the United States and how public policies seek to mitigate them. Her book, Proposing Prosperity?: Marriage Education Policy and Inequality in America (Columbia University Press, 2017), is an ethnographic study drawing on hundreds of hours in government-funded “healthy marriage” classes. Her ongoing research projects explore “responsible” fatherhood policies and diaper need among low-income families. A recipient of the Promising New Faculty Award, Randles uses her knowledge derived from research to inform her mentorship and teaching about family, childhood, inequality, race, qualitative research, and critical thinking.