Claremont, Calif. (May 9, 2012) — Pitzer College Professor of Anthropology Claudia Strauss has received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Wenner-Gren Foundation to conduct research on the experiences and views of the unemployed in Southern California.
Strauss’ two-year-long project will examine how unemployed men and women from different classes and ethnic groups are coping with unemployment and what they think about their own futures and the future of the country.
“With approximately one in 12 Americans out of work, the views of the unemployed about the causes of their difficulties and possible solutions for it are an important part of contemporary US culture and politics,” Strauss said.
The NSF is an independent US government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through research programs and education.
The Wenner-Gren Foundation supports anthropological research into humanity’s biological and cultural origins, development and variation, and fosters the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology.