In the United States 45 percent of children under 18 – 32.4 million – live in low-income families.
Brook Kelly, Ph.D.
E. Brooke Kelly is a Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she has worked with students and community partners on numerous community-based research projects addressing poverty and food insecurity. Since her training at Michigan State University, her research has maintained a focus on social inequalities, work, and family, with a more recent focus on food insecurity. Dr. Kelly has served as chair of the Poverty, Class, and Inequalities Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and as chair of the Southern Sociological Society's committee on Sociological Practice. Dr. Kelly has also served as a fellow and research affiliate of the Rural Policy Research Institute's Rural Poverty Center, which supported her research on rural low-income mothers' efforts to attain and maintain paid employment.