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LaShawnDa Pittman (American Ethnic Studies)

LaShawnDa Pittman (American Ethnic Studies)
Office: B517 Padelford
Email: lpittman@uw.edu
Website: https://aes.washington.edu/people/lashawnda-pittman?_ga=2.31576190.13916685.1664771366-937129630.1640981449

Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman is an Assistant Professor in the American Ethnic Studies Department at the University of Washington (UW).  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology at Northwestern University.  Before coming to the UW, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Poverty Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University.

Research/Teaching Areas: As an urban poverty ethnographer, Dr. Pittman’s research focuses primarily on social policy; carework; health disparities; aging; race, class, and gender; and more. Specifically, she examines the coping experiences of socially marginalized women, including Black women living with HIV/AIDS and low-income, urban Black grandmothers caring for their grandchildren.

Current Projects: Dr. Pittman is currently focusing on three distinct but interrelated aspects of grandparent caregiving: (1) Her forthcoming book, Coerced Mothering: Caregiving and African American Grandmothers examines the coercive forces that compel grandmothers to provide care under the harshest conditions and affiliated questions concerning individual coping responses, institutional and familial barriers and resources; (2) recent manuscripts investigate the structural lag between grandparent-headed households and safety net programs; and (3) a mixed methods project utilizing qualitative and biomarker methodologies examines the stress-mediated health impacts of low-income, African American grandmothers raising their grandchildren. 

Instructor's Honors Course History

Course Title
HONORS 231 C "Western Civilization" and Global Public Policy 2023 1 22096 View ยป



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