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Robert D. Francis

Robert Francis (PhD, Johns Hopkins University) is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Bob’s research interests include U.S. poverty and inequality, work and occupations, the working class, social policy, and rural communities. His latest solo-authored work appears in Socius, Teaching Sociology, and the Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry. He also has recent co-authored pieces in the Journal of Economic Perspectives and the Journal of Family Theory and Review. He co-authored a chapter in the edited volume, Faith and Race in American Political Life.

Bob is a 2018-19 Annie E. Casey Foundation Rural Poverty Research Fellow and a member of the American Sociological Association's (ASA) Task Force on First-Generation and Working-Class People in Sociology.

Bob’s work has been awarded by the Rural Sociological Society (RSS), the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and the District of Columbia Sociological Society (DCSS).

Before attending Johns Hopkins, Bob spent seven years doing advocacy in Washington, DC for several national faith-based organizations. He also spent many years in Chicago, where he worked as a junior high and high school teacher, case manager, and server of Chicago-style pizza.

Bob holds a B.A. in Sociology and Theological Studies from Wheaton College (IL) and an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago. Bob is a compulsive list maker, a proud resident of Steeler Nation, and an (occasionally) avid runner.