Melissa Barfield-Works, Ph.D.

Photo of Melissa Barfield-Works, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: Carnegie Hall 111a

Phone: (618) 537-6899


Ph.D., Sociology, Mississippi State University (2002)

M.S., Sociology, Mississippi State University (1995)

B.A., Sociology/Anthropology and Philosophy/Religion, Northeast Missouri State University (1993)

About Melissa

Dr. Barfield-Works joined the faculty of McKendree College in 2006. Prior to joining McKendree College, Barfield-Works served as an assistant professor of sociology at California State University, San Bernardino. She currently teaches courses in the Social Work concentration of the Sociology major.

Courses Taught

Principles of Sociology

Introduction to Social Work

Social Welfare Policy

Social Work Practicum

Community Action and Organization

Race and Ethnic Relations

Urban Sociology

Research Methods

Sociological Analysis

Research Interests, Publications & Presentations

Her research interests include place-based issues influencing the poor: the implications of welfare reform on employment, community-based organizations and welfare reform, the spatial dimensions of poverty, labor markets and economic restructuring in rural , and human capital endowments of rural welfare recipients. Her co-authored research has been published in Rural America, Southern Rural Sociology, Research in Community Sociology, and Southern Perspectives. She recently presented research at the 2006 Hawaii International Conference on the Social Sciences and the 2006 Pacific Sociological Association meeting.