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Dr. Margaret Walsh

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Assistant Dean/Faculty Fellow
Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice
Rhodes Hall 252 • M-3400
603-358-2905

Degrees/Credentials: BA Sociology, Education, Wheaton College, Massachusetts; MA, PhD Sociology, University of New Hampshire

Professional Interests: Housing, education, and social stratification; Research focuses on exploring changes in families in rural and urban communities

Selected Awards: Global Education and Citizenship Speakers Grant (2016), National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy Research Grant (2014-2015), National Collegiate Honors Council Portz Grant (2011), Campus Compact President’s Good Steward Award (2008), National Society of Collegiate Scholars Distinguished Faculty Member (2008), American Sociological Association Sidney S. Spivack Grant in Applied Research and Community Action (2000)

Key Professional Work:

  • Presentations: “Global Engagement and the Honors Program,” Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, University of Alberta, Canada, “Financial Culture: What Students Know About Money,” Eastern Sociological Society, Boston, MA, "Negotiating Homes: Buying and Selling in an information Age." American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA, “The Culture of Poverty and Stressors Facing Families with Young Children,” with Katherine Feist. Network for Children & Families, Cheshire Medical Center, "New Homeownership in New Hampshire: Findings of Focus Groups, NH Housing Finance Authority

  • Policy analysis: “Update on Working Women’s Economic Status: Understanding the Wage Gap.” Co-authored with Katie Merrow. New Hampshire Women’s Policy Institute

  • Policy forum: Panel on New Immigrants and Refugees in New England

  • Author: "The Financial Literacy of High School Students." Survey Report.

  • Author: “Out of Wedlock: Why Some Poor Women Reject Marriage,” Chapter in Thinking Straight. Edited by Chrys Ingraham. New York: Routledge

  • Author: “Teaching Qualitative Analysis Using QSR NVivo,” The Qualitative Report, 8(2)

  • Author: “Race and Poverty in the Rural South,” Chapter in Challenges to Equality. Co-authored with Cynthia M. Duncan. Edited by Chester Hartman. Washington, DC: M.E. Sharpe

  • Author: “Doing Good While Doing Well: Professional Black Women in the Mississippi Delta,” Chapter in Neither Separate Nor Equal. Co-authored with Cynthia M. Duncan and Gemma Beckley, Edited by Barbara Ellen Smith. Philadelphia: Temple.

Dr. Margaret Walsh teaches sociology, research methods, and experiential learning for students in the major. She collaborates with local community leaders on academic projects in Social Problems, Sociology of Families, and Social Stratification courses. Walsh participates in national educational and professional conferences including the American Association of Colleges and Universities' Engaging Departments Institute in Philadelphia, and a rural poverty research agenda setting in Washington, DC. She co-chaired the KSC 100 Centennial's "Creating a World of Possibilities" Campus Celebrations, served as Director of the College Honors Program, and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute in Concord.


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