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News Posted on June 20, 2012

Professor Pruitt to Collaborate with UC Davis Center for Poverty Research Internship Program

UC Davis undergraduate Jerika Heinze will work with Professor Lisa R. Pruitt as part of the first cohort of summer interns to participate in the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program.  Heinze and Pruitt will investigate the links between poverty, child neglect, and state intervention in the family in the form of either child removal or termination of parental rights.  Heinze, a senior Cultural Anthropology major, was one of only 10 students chosen for the paid internships in a competitive application process.  Her duties will include surveying states' laws with the goal of identifying trends that may render particular states more or less hostile to families living in poverty or otherwise lacking material resources to raise children.

Lisa R. Pruitt is a professor at UC Davis School of Law whose recent scholarship explores the legal relevance of rural spatiality, including how it inflects dimensions of gender, race, and ethnicity.  Pruitt's work also considers rural-urban difference in transnational and international contexts.

UC Davis Center for Poverty Research Summer Undergraduate Research Internship Program