I am a social scientist at Indiana University, where I am the Director of the Social Science Research Commons and the Study Director for the Sociological Research Practicum.
I received my Ph.D. in sociology in July 2014. My research focuses on the intersections of inequality, culture, and education, as exemplified in social policy, and uses a variety of qualitative methods to study topics ranging from homelessness to the emergence of No Child Left Behind.
Meanwell, Emily and Sibyl Kleiner. 2014. “The Emotional Experience of First-Time Teaching: Reflections from Graduate Instructors, 1997-2006.” Teaching Sociology 42(1): 17-27. (Full text from asanet.org, free)
Meanwell, Emily. 2013. “Profaning the Past to Salvage the Present: The Symbolically Reconstructed Pasts of Homeless Shelter Residents.” Symbolic Interaction 36(4): 439-456. (Full text via Wiley Online Library)
Meanwell, Emily and Julie Swando. 2013. “Who Deserves Good Schools? Cultural Categories of Worth and School Finance Reform.” Sociological Perspectives 56(4): 495-522.