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Anderson, Cynthia

Burmeister, Larry

Castellano, Ursula

Faust, Kelly

Hatch, Laurie Russell

Henderson, Debra A.

Hoffman, Bruce

Kaufman, Nicole

Lee, Elizabeth M.

Li, Jieli

Mattley, Christine

Morgan, Charlie V.

Scanlan, Stephen J.

Thorne, Deborah

Vander Ven, Thomas

Welser, Howard T.


Bukky, Molly

Chapman, Kelli

Collins, Rebecca

Deb, Nikhil

Roberson, Roberta

Sauvage, Katlyn

Tufail, Aisha

Vaughan, Staci


Kuhre, Bruce

Myers, Lena

Schwartz, Martin

Shamblin, Don

Shelly, Robert

Zoe and Dr. Deborah Thorne

Deborah Thorne
Wagner Teaching Professor 2009-11
University Professor 2004-05 & 2014-15

Associate Professor
Ph.D.: Washington State University, 2001

Contact Information:
Phone: (740) 593-1367
Office: Bentley Annex 155

Curriculum Vitae

"Young Adult Debt: It's a Drag." Interview published on, July, 2012.

"Does Over-50 Credit Card Debt Spell Doom for Retirement?" Interview published on CardHub, March 6, 2013.

Areas of Specialization:
Stratification and Inequality, Negative Wealth (Debt), Consumer Bankruptcy, Gender, Health, Family

Courses Taught:
Soc 1000: Introduction to Sociology
Soc 3310: Classes and Social Inequality
Soc 3500: Elementary Research Techniques
Soc 4950: Senior Capstone: Consumerism, Credit, and Debt
Soc 6040: Seminar in Work and Inequality
Soc 6910: Seminar in Teaching

Selected Publications:

Deborah Thorne. 2010. “Extreme Financial Strain: Emergent Chores, Gender Inequality, and Emotional Distress.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 31: 185-97.

Deborah Thorne. 2010. “The (Interconnected) Reasons that Elder Americans File Consumer Bankruptcy.” Journal of Aging & Social Policy 22: 188-206.

Deborah Thorne. “Women’s Work and Women’s Worry: Debt Management in Financially Distressed Families.” Forthcoming in Katherine Porter (ed.), Broke: How Debt Undermines the Middle Class.

Elizabeth Warren and Deborah Thorne. “A Vulnerable Middle Class: Bankruptcy and Class Status.” Forthcoming in Katherine Porter (ed.), Broke: How Debt Undermines the Middle Class.

David U. Himmelstein, Deborah Thorne, Elizabeth Warren, and Steffie Woolhandler. 2009. “Medical Bankruptcy in the United States, 2007: Results of a National Study.” The American Journal of Medicine 122 (8): 741-746.

Deborah Thorne, Elizabeth Warren, and Teresa Sullivan. 2009. "The Increasing Vulnerability of Older Americans: Evidence from the Bankruptcy Courts." Harvard Law & Policy Review.

Katherine Porter and Deborah Thorne. “Better Off After Bankruptcy?” Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser.

Robert M. Lawless, Angela K. Littwin, Katherine M. Porter, John A. E. Pottow, Deborah K. Thorne, and Elizabeth Warren. 2008. “Did Bankruptcy Reform Fail? An Empirical Study of Consumer Debtors.” American Bankruptcy Law Journal 82: 349-405.

Teresa Sullivan, Deborah Thorne, and Elizabeth Warren. 2008. “Bankruptcy Ages.” Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser 11: 1-5.

Deborah Thorne and Elizabeth Warren. 2008. “Get Sick, Go Broke.” In J. S. Hacker (ed.), Health at Risk:  America's Ailing Health System--and How to Heal It. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

downloadpdfDeborah Thorne, Elizabeth Warren, and Teresa Sullivan. 2008. “Generations of Struggle.” Research report for American Association of Retired Persons.

Thorne, Deborah. 2007. “Personal Bankruptcy and the Credit Report: Conflicting Mechanisms of Social Mobility.” Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political & Economic Inequalities 11 (4):23-43.

Thorne, Deborah and Katherine Porter. 2007. “Financial Education for Bankrupt Families: Attitudes and Needs.” Journal of Consumer Education 24:15-27.

Porter, Katherine and Deborah Thorne. 2006. “The Failure of Bankruptcy’s Fresh Start.” Cornell Law Review 92:67-127.

Thorne, Deborah and Leon Anderson. 2006. “Managing the Stigma of Personal Bankruptcy.” Sociological Focus 39 (2):77-97.

downloadpdfHimmelstein, David U., Elizabeth Warren, Deborah Thorne, and Steffie Woolhandler. 2005. “Illness and Injury as Contributors to Bankruptcy.” Health Affairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere, Web Exclusive: February 2; w5-63 – w5-75.






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