Jen Lendrum
Assistant Professor of Sociology
(616) 632-2974
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Jen Satya Lendrum, Assistant Professor of Sociology, joined the Aquinas faculty in the fall of 2019. She earned a doctoral degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. She currently teaches SY 101 Introduction to Sociology; SY 275 Sociology of Sport; and SY 311/WS 315 Women, Girls, and Leadership. She incorporates a critical pedagogy of empathy into her teaching philosophy as a way to bridge the gaps between research and teaching in higher education and engagement and activism in the community. 

Her dissertation, “Nobody Works! Everybody Hustles: Reconceptualizing Getting By”, examines contemporary poverty and what it means to survive in urban America, in particular, one cash-poor neighborhood in Detroit. Her research draws from extensive ethnographic fieldwork conducted between 2014-2017. She has presented this research at national and international conferences. This research has received media attention at the local (Michigan Radio; Detroit News) and national (Bloomberg Businessweek; National Public Radio) level. Part of this research has also been published in Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods: Towards an Understanding of the Economies of Neighbourhoods and Communities (Edward Elgar Publishers). Her primary areas of research specialization are alternative economics with an emphasis on race and gender, and social policy. She is also interested in the role of the community, in particular churches and community organizations, in supporting individuals and households. 

Her previous research explores gendered and racialized motivations and limitations to participating in sport, specifically distance running and racing (marathoning). This research also examines women’s experiences and bodies in sport. Part of this study was published in the Journal of Sporting Cultures and Identities and, as a reprint, in Critical Perspectives on Gender and Sport.

She also was previously an Editorial Assistant for Critical Sociology (2013-2015) and Managing Editor for Gender & Society (2015-2019). 

When she is not conducting her research, working in the community, or teaching, she can be found running, meditating in parks, or climbing trees.