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 is very excited to join the Roanoke College faculty. Dr. Destro will teach core sociology courses including Data Analysis, Research Methods and Introduction to Sociology. Dr. Destro’s other teaching interests include stratification, economic sociology, demography, advanced research methods and academic writing. Dr. Destro looks forward to developing courses which meet the needs and interests of the department and Roanoke College’s student body.

Broadly, Dr. Destro’s research interests include poverty and inequality, the family, work and economic sociology and social demography. More specifically, 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? Finally, what makes low-income families most economically successful? Dr. Destro’s most recent 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 hopes to expand her research program both in terms of scope and topic, and is looking forward to facilitating student research and fieldwork in the Roanoke Valley.


Road- and trail- running, triathlon

Recent Publications:

Brady, David and Lane Destro. (In press). “Poverty.” Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy. Oxford University Press.

Burton, Linda M., Whitney Welsh and Lane Destro. (In press). “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