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Jennifer Sykes

Jennifer  Sykes
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room N359
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-432-1157


Associate Professor, Social Relations and Policy
Ph.D., Harvard University
Jennifer Sykes’s research focuses on poverty and inequality. Her work examines vulnerable families and their relations with the state. Her recent projects and publications involve tax policy, namely the Earned Income Tax Credit, and child protection, with an emphasis on child neglect. She has won several awards, including the Truman and Marshall fellowships while an undergraduate at James Madison College and the Jacob K. Javits and NSF awards while at Harvard. She received her BA in Social Relations and Psychology James Madison College at Michigan State University and her MA in Social Policy from the University of York in the United Kingdom. 


Prof. Jennifer Sykes led a study, "Dignity and Dreams: What the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Means to Low-Income Families," reported in the April issue of the American Sociological Review, about the federal tax-relief program for poor, working families. MSU Today article...