Professor Jennifer F. Hamer, Ph.D.

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies, African/African American Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Professor
Vice Provost, Office of Diversity and Equity
Primary office:
The University of Kansas
1440 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7594


Summary

Holding a joint appointment with the Department of African and African-American Studies, Jennifer Hamer's general area of study is the sociological and interdisciplinary qualitative study of families, especially those within the United States. Within this broad field, her primary research interests are African American fathers, mothers, and families, especially those that are working class.

She has published in varying journals such as the Journal of Marriage and the Family and Journal of Black Studies. In addition, she is the author of What it Means to Be Daddy: Fatherhood for Black Men Living Away from Their Children (Columbia University Press, 2001, http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-11555-1/). Her most recent book, Abandoned in the Heartland: Work, Family, and Living in East St. Louis (University of California Press, 2011, http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520269323), is an analysis of how working class African American men and women negotiate work, kin care, and family in a poor suburb.

She is former Editor of Race and Society, the past official journal of the Association of Black Sociologists; founder and former Editor of Black Women, Gender, and Family; and founding Editor of Women, Gender, and Families of Color a multidisciplinary journal published biannually by the University of Illinois Press, that centers the study of women, gender, families, and communities of color.

She was recently selected to serve as a 2014-2015 Senior Administrative Fellow at the University of Kansas.

Education

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas

M.S., Sociology, Texas A&M University

B.A., Sociology, The University of Texas

Teaching

Professor Hamer teaches courses on African American families, working class places, and qualitative methodologies. This semester she is teaching the following:

AMS 804

American Studies (AMS) - Research Seminar ( 3 ) Fall 2014

An intensive application of theoretical and methodological issues to the development of specific substantive research problems. Students will be expected to design and implement a study that will be critically assessed in the seminar.

AAAS 803

African & African-American St - Research Methods Africana Stds ( 3 ) Fall 2014

A multidisciplinary introduction to the range of research methods employed to examine African and African-American history, cultures, and societies. Additional advanced-level coursework is required for students in this course beyond lower-level courses of the same name and/or description.

Teaching Interests

  • African American families, community, and qualitative methodologies

Research Interests

  • Black Studies
  • African American families
  • African American Communities
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Suburbs
  • Working class

Announcements
  • This article, written by Geoffrey Newman, was published in the August edition of the Kansas History Journal. Congratulations Geoffrey!
  • Rachel Schwaller and Saoussen Cheddadi successfully defended their respective dissertations on October 29, 2018. Congratulations, Drs. Schwaller and Cheddadi!
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kathryn Vaggalis for being awarded the American Studies Association's 2018 Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize!
  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts  was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here ยป
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