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Dr. Michele Wakin

Michele Wakin
Professor of Sociology; Center for Urban Poverty Coordinator
Hart Hall, Room 233

BA, Clark University
EdM, Boston University
MA, PhD, University of California at Santa Barbara

Michele Wakin is a Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of the Center for Urban Poverty. She received a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, where she earned her PhD in 2005. Dr. Wakin has published in the journals American Behavioral Scientist, City & Community, and The Journal of Workplace Rights. She has written three books on homelessness, Otherwise Homeless: Vehicle Living and the Culture of Homelessness, in 2014, Hobo Jungle: A Homeless Community in Paradise, in 2020. Her most recent book American Homelessness: A Reference Handbook will be published in 2021. Her research has been funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute for Labor and Employment, and the American Sociological Association.

Area of Expertise
Urban Sociology, Homelessness, Race/Class/Gender Inequality