Amanda Freeman, PhD.

Assistant Professor of Sociology University of Hartford,

Dr. Amanda L. Freeman is a professor, researcher, and freelance journalist, based in Connecticut. She holds a current appointment as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Hartford where she teaches about inequality, the sociology of gender and the family.

Dr. Freeman also writes features and personal essays for media outlets including: The Washington Post Magazine, The Atlantic, Best Life, Consumer Reports, The New York Times Motherlode Blog, Newsweek’s Women in the World website, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Pregnancy and Time Out New York Kids.

Amanda was a popular parenting blogger on TLC/ Discovery Channel’s parenting website: Parentables. In addition, Dr. Freeman has published several scholarly articles about poverty, mobility, and access to higher education. She is the co-recipient of the Russell Sage Foundation’s Presidential Award, with Dr. Autumn Green, which will support qualitative data analysis and writing on their co-authored book manuscript: Surviving & Striving: Low-Income Parents in Higher Education.

Amanda has been an advisory board member with NCSPP since 2016 and will continue to serve on the advisory board in NCSPP’s transition.

Amanda earned her Master’s in non-fiction writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She then worked as an interdisciplinary writing instructor for seven years in the CUNY system at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She earned her PhD in Sociology from Boston College, focusing on the struggles of low-income families. She spent a year and a half as a visiting assistant professor of Sociology at Central Connecticut State University before moving on to the University of Hartford.

Dr. Freeman’s published articles include:

Colleges Aren’t Very Kid Friendly, The Atlantic, October 2016.

Single Moms and Welfare Woes: A Higher Education Dilemma, The Atlantic, August 2015.

The Face of American Poverty Today, published as part of Newsweek’s Women in the World Series, April 2013 (Part 1 of a 3-part series)

Life On the Brink: Up-Close with Two Women Pedaling as Fast as They Can, published as part of Newsweek’s Women in the World Series, April 2013 (Part 2 of a 3-part series)

Poverty  Doesn’t Have to Be Permanent, published as part of Newsweek’s Women in the World Series, April 2015 (Part 3 of a 3-part series).

For more about Dr. Freeman and Dr. Green’s Russell Sage Foundation Project Visit:

https://www.russellsage.org/awarded-project/low- income-parents- and-pursuit- higher-education