Jessi Streib

Jessi Streib

Assistant Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
337 Soc/Psych Bldg, Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708


My research focuses on how social class inequalities are experienced and reproduced through everyday interactions. My book documents how the class individuals grow up in shapes their sensibilities and their marriages. My other work focuses on class in educational settings, specifically how preschoolers' interactions with each other can produce class inequality and how students from different class backgrounds transition from college to work.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 2013

Selected Grants

Beyond Entering And Remaining: Social Class Inequality In The Transition From College To Work awarded by Spencer Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2014 to 2018

Streib, J. S. The Power of the Past: Understanding Cross-Class Marriages. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Streib, J., et al. “Presenting Their Gendered Selves? How Women and Men Describe Who They Are, What They Have Done, and Why They Want the Job in Their Written Applications.” Sex Roles, vol. 81, no. 9–10, Nov. 2019, pp. 610–26. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11199-019-1016-y. Full Text

Manzoni, A., and J. Streib. “The Equalizing Power of a College Degree for First-Generation College Students: Disparities Across Institutions, Majors, and Achievement Levels.” Research in Higher Education, vol. 60, no. 5, Aug. 2019, pp. 577–605. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11162-018-9523-1. Full Text

Streib, J. “Class, culture, and downward mobility.” Poetics, vol. 70, Oct. 2018, pp. 18–27. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2018.08.004. Full Text

Streib, J., et al. “Benign Inequality: Frames of Poverty and Social Class Inequality in Children’s Movies.” Journal of Poverty, vol. 21, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 1–19. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10875549.2015.1112870. Full Text

Streib, J. “The unbalanced theoretical toolkit: Problems and partial solutions to studying culture and reproduction but not culture and mobility.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology, vol. 5, no. 1–2, Jan. 2017, pp. 127–53. Scopus, doi:10.1057/s41290-016-0015-5. Full Text

Streib, J. “Explanations of How Love Crosses Class Lines: Cultural Complements and the Case of Cross-Class Marriages.” Sociological Forum, vol. 30, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 18–39. Scopus, doi:10.1111/socf.12143. Full Text

Streib, J. “Class origin and college graduates' parenting beliefs.” Sociological Quarterly, vol. 54, no. 4, Sept. 2013, pp. 670–93. Scopus, doi:10.1111/tsq.12037. Full Text

Streib, J. “Class Reproduction by Four Year Olds.” Qualitative Sociology, vol. 34, no. 2, June 2011, pp. 337–52. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11133-011-9193-1. Full Text

Streib, J. S. “Marrying Across Class Lines.” Contexts, American Sociological Association.