Penn State Home Page
  contact CWFR news directory sitemap search home


Leif I. Jensen

Department Affiliation:  Rural Sociology
Education: Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987
Directory Information

POSITION TITLE:  Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography

RESEARCH INTERESTS:  Immigration, Poverty, Social welfare policy, Labor force


1977-1980 Research Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Vermont

1980-1982 Research Assistant, Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1982-1985 Research Assistant, Department of Sociology and Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1985-1987 NICHD Trainee in Demography, Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1987-1988 Sociologist, Income and Well-Being Section, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

1988-1989 Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

1989-1995 Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology; Research Associate, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University

1995-present Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology; Senior Research Associate, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University


Jensen, L. I. , & Slack, T. (2003). Underemployment in America: Measurement and evidence. American Journal of Community Psychology, 32, 21-31.

Slack, T. , & Jensen, L. I. (2002). Race, ethnicity, and underemployment in nonmetropolitan America: A 30-year profile. Rural Sociology, 67, 208-233.

McLaughlin, D. K. , & Jensen, L. I. (2000). Work history and U.S. elders' transitions into poverty. The Gerontologist, 40, 469-479.

Jensen, L. I. , Findeis, J. L. , Hsu, W. L. , & Schachter, J. P. (1999). Slipping into and out of underemployment: Another disadvantage for nonmetropolitan workers?. Rural Sociology, 64, 417-438.


Please direct questions and comments to the webmaster