Anna Wilcoxson

Anna   Wilcoxson
  • PhD Alum
  • Department of Sociology
  • M.A., Loyola University Chicago 2017
  • B.A., Wheaton College 2013


Anna Wilcoxson


Anna Wilcoxson earned her Sociology PhD at Michigan State University. Before coming to MSU, she received her M.A. in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago in 2017. Anna is a labor scholar with special interests in informal and precarious labor, workfare, race, and food studies. Anna’s past research has analyzed kitchen job training programs for recently-incarcerated and homeless individuals as part of the neoliberalization of welfare in the United States. Her current research is focusing on Latino immigrants’ experiences as kitchen workers in the restaurant industry in Detroit, Michigan. A previous career as a chef in the food industry fuels Anna’s passion for food and labor studies. She is originally from Winona Lake, Indiana and moved to Lansing from Chicago where she spent the last several years. In her free time, Anna enjoys cooking, playing soccer, backpacking with her family and friends, and cycling.


Wilcoxson, Anna and Kelly Moore. Forthcoming. Dignity Strategies in a Neoliberal Workfare Kitchen Training Program. Sociological Inquiry.