PhD in Sociology

Perry Threlfall, 2015

Perry Threlfall

Perry Threlfall's research focuses on the ways in which gender, race, and class status intersect and overlap with family construct. More specifically, she is interested in identifying how structural and institutionalized forces influence how single mothers discern, respond to, and navigate family life. Her published research investigates the relationship between welfare participation and social capital in single mothers, as well as the influence of religiosity on marriage after a non-marital birth. She approaches this work by drawing on feminist theories that challenge traditional notions of structure, agency, family, and motherhood.