Dr. Lane M. Destro

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



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 Data Analysis, Research Methods, and Introduction to Sociology. She also teaches two INQ 300 courses addressing 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)


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.

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