Dr. Lane M. Destro

Assistant Professor
Department: Sociology
Office: 301 Trout Hall
Phone: 375-2416

destro@roanoke.edu

Degrees:

B.A., The Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Ph.D., Duke University 2012

Course List

Research & Teaching Interests:

Dr. Destro teaches several courses in the Sociology department, including Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods and Introduction to Sociology. She also teaches INQ 300 courses that address global and U.S. health disparities. 

Broadly, Dr. Destro’s research interests include poverty and inequality, the family, work and economic sociology and social demography. Her work is motivated by the following questions: How do low-income families navigate the many challenges of poverty, work, and family life? How do low-income families understand and subjectively experience work, poverty and immobility? What combination of household strategies and structural factors - including work and policy - allow low-income families to be the most economically successful?

Dr. Destro’s research focuses on the economic well-being of low-income families in the Eastern and Southern U.S. She is particularly interested in how the rural/nonmetropolitan context influences these families’ access to and decisions about employment.

Dr. Destro is currently collecting data from the Roanoke Valley concerning the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act and how such policy change has impacted lower-income households in the region. 

Scholarly Activities:

Membership Committee - Southern Sociological Society (2015-2018)

Extracurricular:

Hiking, biking, running, CrossFit, playing with her crazy dog

Recent Publications:

Brady, David and Lane Destro. 2014. “Poverty.” Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy. Oxford University Press.

Burton, Linda M., Whitney Welsh and Lane Destro. 2013. “Grandmothers’ Differential Involvement with Grandchildren in Rural Multiple Partner Fertility Family Structures.” From Generation to Generation: Continuity and Discontinuity in Aging Families, editors M. Silverstein and R. Giarrusso. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins University Press.

Destro, Lane and David Brady. 2011. “Does European-Style Welfare Generosity Discourage Single Mother Employment?” Comparing European Workers Part B: Policies and Institutions, Research in the Sociology of Work 22B: 53-82.

Recent Presentations:

Lane Destro and Nick Dillon. 2015. “The Affordable Care Act: Impact on Low-Income Households' Healthcare Quality and Access.” Paper presented at Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Alex Berryman and Lane Destro. 2015. “Living "Car-Less" or Close to It: Rural Transportation, Economic Volatility, and Relevant Social Policy.” Paper presented at Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Alex Berryman and Lane Destro. 2014. “Managing Transportation and Economic Volatility: What Can Policymakers Learn from Rural Low-income Families?” Poster presentation at Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC.

Shannon Latkin Anderson, Lane Destro and Marc Berenson. 2014. “Knowledgeable or Not? First Reports of HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes from a Small Southern College.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. 

Ben Albers, Lane Destro, Sarah Mayorga-Gallo and Allison Wisecup. 2013. “Best Practices for Mentoring Undergraduate Research.” Invited Panel, Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Available as a Media resource for the following topics:

Economic & Social Impacts of Great Recession
Low-income households/poverty
Rurality & Nonmetropolitan Places
Social Policy

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on:

Economic & Social Impacts of Great Recession
Low-income households/poverty
Rurality & Nonmetropolitan Places
Social Policy