Tag: Joan Mazelis

Researcher Earns NSF Grant to Examine Impact of Student Loans on Lives of College Graduates

Researcher Earns NSF Grant to Examine Impact of Student Loans on Lives of College Graduates

Funded by the NSF grant, researchers Joan Mazelis and Arielle Kuperberg will further examine how loans play a role in the transition to adulthood among college graduates.

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Sociology Researcher’s New Book Explores Social Connections That Help Battle Poverty in Philadelphia

Sociology Researcher’s New Book Explores Social Connections That Help Battle Poverty in Philadelphia

By Tom McLaughlin As Joan Maya Mazelis explains, researchers have long agreed that social ties matter. Studies document two common realities for the poor – either they rely on a dense network of closely connected and supportive kin or, in the absence of such a network, establish fleeting, disposable ties with strangers, says the assistant […]

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Researcher Explores Sustainable Ties Among the Poor

Researcher Explores Sustainable Ties Among the Poor

Through her extensive research, Joan Mazelis, an assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University–Camden, has discovered further evidence of non-kin social ties among the poor with greater longevity than disposable ties. Focusing on the Kensington Welfare Rights Union in Philadelphia, she found that these bonds are based on a mutual understanding of support, often take on familial roles, and function according to set norms of reciprocity.