Ann R Tickamyer

  • Professor emerita of Rural Sociology and Demography
Ann R Tickamyer
105-C Armsby
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-867-3718

Areas of Expertise

  • rural poverty
  • spatial inequality
  • gender and development
  • gender, disaster, and climate change


  1. Ph.D., Sociology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1979


Research Interests

My research interests focus on gender and development, spatial inequalities, and rural poverty, livelihood practices, and welfare provision in the U.S. and the global South. I have published numerous articles andfive books on these topics, including: 

Extension/Outreach Interests

I seek ways to communicate my research and scholarship in a variety of public arenas, ranging from community groups to policy makers with the goal of providing knowledge for informed social policy, advocacy, and decision-making. 

Recent Selected Publications

 Tickamyer, Ann R. 2020. “Rural Poverty: Research and Policy for U.S. Families.” Forthcoming as Chapter 1 in Rural Families and Communities in the United States: Facing Challenges and Leveraging Opportunities Jennifer E. Glick, Susan M. McHale, and Valarie King (eds.) National Symposium on Family Issues 10:  Rural Families and Communities. Springer.

Jensen, Leif, Ann Tickamyer, and Tim Slack. 2019. “Rural-Urban Variation in Informal Work Activities in the United States.”  Journal of Rural Studies 68:276-284.

Mueller, Tom and Ann R. Tickamyer. 2019. “A more complete picture: Rural residents’ relative support for seven forms of natural resource related economic development.”  Rural Sociology/ DOI:10.1111/ruso.12293

Ann R. Tickamyer and Kathleen Sexsmith. 2019. “How to Do Gender Research? Feminist Perspectives    on Gender Research in Agriculture.” Pp. 57-71 in C. Sachs (ed.) Gender, Agriculture and Agrarian Transformations.  London and New York: Routledge.

Slack, Tim, Michael R. Cope, Leif Jensen, Ann R. Tickamyer. 2017 “Social Embeddedness, Formal Labor Supply, and Informal Work.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. (Named 2018 Highly Commended Award from the journal and Emerald Publishing)

Wornell, Emily J., Leif Jensen, and Ann Tickamyer. 2017.  “The Role of Informal Work in the Livelihood Strategies of U.S. Households.”  Chapter 7 in The Informal Economy: Exploring Drivers and Practices, edited by I. Horodnic, P. Rodgers, C. Williams, L. Momtazian 

Tickamyer, Ann R. and Emily Wornell. 2017.  “How to Explain Poverty.”  Chapter 4 in Tickamyer, Sherman and Warlick (eds.)  Rural Poverty in the United States.  NY:  Columbia University Press.

Tickamyer, Ann R. Jennifer Sherman, and Jennifer Warlick. 2017. Politics and Policy:  “Barriers and Opportunities for Rural Peoples.” Chapter 16 in Tickamyer, Sherman and Warlick (eds.) Rural Poverty in the United States.  NY:  Columbia University Press.

Tickamyer, Ann R., Siti Kusujiarti, and Emily J. Wornell. 2014.  Gender Jusice, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development in Indonesia.  Pp. 67-92 in Jieli Li (ed.) Globalization, Development and Security in Asia. Volume 4:  Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia.  Singapore:  World Scientific  Publishing Co.