Joan Hermsen
Associate Professor of Sociology; Director of Graduate Studies
326 Middlebush

University of Maryland, 1997

Areas of Study

Social Inequalities

Research and Teaching

Social Inequalities, Gender & Work, Food Insecurity, Applied Sociology


Dr. Hermsen teaches courses on social inequalities and research methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her current research focuses on 1) food pantry responses to the COVID19 pandemic and 2) the social consequences of postponed motherhood.  She is also a co-PI on the Mizzou COVID Serology & Risk Study.  In addition, Dr. Hermsen has done extensive applied survey research design and analysis work on a range of topics including food insecurity (US Dept of Agriculture), crime victimization (MO State Highway Patrol), conservation attitudes (MO Dept of Conservation), and the financial wellbeing of pastors (MO United Methodist Foundation).