Brittany Dernberger

Doctoral Student

Brittany Dernberger is currently a Doctoral Student in Sociology at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the changing nature of work, employment outcomes, and how "good jobs" are allocated. Brittany also studies gender and sexuality within total institutions, such as prison and the military. One current project examines the public perceptions of military spouses as they seek employment. 

Formerly, Brittany served for four years as the Assistant Director of the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Women’s Center and taught in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at GVSU.  She has her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies and has her Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Leadership. Brittany has expertise in university community engagement, including designing and leading service-learning initiatives both domestically and in South Africa. Brittany also has significant experience addressing socio-economic concerns, previously working as a case manager for individuals experiencing homelessness and directing a Student Food Pantry to serve college students facing food insecurity.

Brittany enjoys running and traveling, has a love for anything polka dot, a fanaticism for good pens, and believes in the transformative power of education and community engagement.

Areas of Interest:
  • Social Capital
  • Social Inequality and Stratification
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Veteran and Former Prisoner Reintegration
  • BA Sociology and Women & Gender Studies, Grand Valley State University
  • MPA Non-Profit Administration, Grand Valley State University
Campus -   Co-Treasurer, Graduate Student Forum, January 2016 - May 2016
Campus -   Co-President, Graduate Student Forum, May 2016 - May 2017
Campus -   Graduate Student Brownbag Coordinator, Graduate Student Forum, May 2017 - Present
  • headshot of Brittany
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