Professor of Sociology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Ph.D. Indiana University
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Dr. Regina Werum holds an appointment as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the Office of Research and Economic Development, and she is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She earned her M.A. and a combined Ph.D. in Sociology and in American Studies in 1995 from Indiana University, Bloomington. Hope College, Holland (MI) is her undergraduate alma mater. Prior to her appointment at the University of Nebraska, she served as Program Director, Sociology, at the National Science Foundation (2010-12), and she held a faculty appointment in Sociology at Emory University (1995-2012). At Emory University, she also served as founding co-director of a graduate fellowship program supported by the Mellon Foundation and held associate faculty status in the departments of African American Studies and Women’s Studies. Her substantive expertise revolves around the way social policy shapes and reflects social inequalities, especially in the area of education. She has published widely on related issues using comparative-international and comparative-historical data. Her work has appeared e.g., in the American Journal of Education, Studies in Comparative International Development, Social Forces, and Sociology of Education. One of her current research projects examines changing home schooling policies in the United States, between 1972 and 2007. Over the years, she has received research funding and fellowships from several sources, notably the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and Fulbright.