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Annette Lareau: Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences
October 21, 2008, Volume 55, No. 9



Dr. Annette Lareau, a professor in the department of sociology, has been appointed the Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences. Dr. Lareau’s research interests include social stratification, family, childhood, education, and qualitative research methods. She is the author of Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life and Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Involvement in Elementary Education, and is co-editor of Journeys Through Ethnography: Realistic Accounts of Fieldwork. Unequal Childhoods won Best Book Awards from the Family, Childhood and Youth, and Sociology of Culture sections of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Lareau taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, before joining the Penn faculty in 2008.

The Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professorship in the Social Sciences is named for the late Stanley I. Sheerr, W’37, the former chairman of Crown Textile Company. When Mr. Sheerr passed away in 1984, his family made a gift in his memory to support faculty in the social sciences. Mrs. Sheerr passed away in 1989, but her two children—Richard Sheerr, C’69, and Constance Sheerr Kittner, CW’61—remain active Penn supporters.




Almanac - October 21, 2008, Volume 55, No. 9