Associate Professor, Rutgers University-Camden
Topics of Expertise: Economic Inequality / Public Policy / TANF & Public Assistance / Transitions: Adolescents to Adulthood
Dr. Mazelis is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, an affiliated scholar at Rutgers-Camden’s Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE), and a Faculty Affiliate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (IRP). She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mazelis specializes in the study of urban poverty and social ties, using qualitative interview methods to explore the meaning and understanding people have of their own situations. Her book, Surviving Poverty: Creating Sustainable Ties Among the Poor (2017, NYU Press), is based on her research in Philadelphia and demonstrates the importance of non-kin social ties that last. She is working with Arielle Kuperberg on a longitudinal, mixed methods, NSF-funded research project on student loan debt, the transition to adulthood, and the persistence of inequality.