Ronnie Clevenstine


Ronnie Clevenstine is a doctoral student in Sociology with a focus on poverty, inequality, and the social safety net. She holds a BS in Economics from Clemson University, where her undergraduate research primarily focused on how access to federal nutrition assistance is restricted at the state level and how food security and poverty measures are utilized in the United States. Prior to joining Princeton, she worked as a research assistant at MEF Associates - a social policy research organization - and spent six months with the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, further focusing on social safety net restriction at the federal and state level. She is interested in utilizing mixed methods approaches to better understand the role that intersectional identities and the socioeconomic and cultural contexts of both individuals in poverty and individuals in power play in constructing perceptions and accessibility of public assistance.