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Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
101 Phinney Hall

Mailing Address:
Sociology & Anthropology Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Phone: 208-885-6751

Fax: 208-885-2034

Email: socanth@uidaho.edu

Web: Sociology and Anthropology Department

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Deborah Thorne

Deborah Thorne

Associate Professor

Office

Phinney Hall 314

Mailing Address

Department of Sociology & Anthropology
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 1110
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1110

Deborah Thorne is an associate professor of sociology.

  • Ph.D., Sociology, Washington State University, 2001
  • M.A., Sociology, Washington State University, 1996
  • B.A., Sociology, Washington State University, 1994

Deborah Thorne is associate professor of sociology at University of Idaho and a principle investigator on the nationally-recognized Consumer Bankruptcy Project. For the past two decades, economic inequality generally and debt and consumer bankruptcy specifically, have been at the core of her research agenda. As such, she has authored articles and book chapters on a range of issues associated with debt and consumer bankruptcy such as stigma, reasons for elder debtors’ bankruptcy, medical debt and bankruptcy, effects of severe debt on couples’ relationships, financial health following bankruptcy, social mobility, gender and financial education. As a recognized expert on the subject of consumer bankruptcy, she has been interviewed by numerous media outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon Magazine, USA Today, National Public Radio, CNN and ABC World News.

  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Stratification and Inequality
  • Negative Wealth (Debt)
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Health

Journal Articles

  • Pamela Foohey, Robert Lawless, Katherine Porter, Deborah Thorne. Forthcoming. “’No Money Down’ Bankruptcy.” Southern California Law Review 90 (5): X-XX.
  • David U. Himmelstein, Deborah Thorne, and Steffie Woolhandler. 2011. “Medical Bankruptcy in Massachusetts: Has Health Reform Made a Difference?” American Journal of Medicine 124: 224-228.
  • Deborah Thorne. 2010. “Extreme Financial Strain: Emergent Chores, Gender Inequality, and Emotional Distress.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 31: 185-197. DOI: 10.1007/s10834-010-9189-0.
  • Deborah Thorne. 2010. “The (Interconnected) Reasons Elder Americans File Consumer Bankruptcy.” Journal of Aging & Social Policy 22: 188-206.
  • 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 Court.” Harvard Law & Policy Review 3 (1): 87-101.
  • Katherine Porter and Deborah Thorne. 2009. “Better Off After Bankruptcy?” Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser 12: 1-6.

Book Chapters

  • Deborah Thorne. 2011. “Women’s Work, Women’s Worry? Debt Management in Financially Distressed Families.” In Katherine Porter (ed.), Broke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Class. Pp. 136-153. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Elizabeth Warren and Deborah Thorne. 2011. “A Vulnerable Middle Class: Bankruptcy and Class Status.” In Katherine Porter (ed.), Broke: How Debt Bankrupts the Middle Class. Pp. 25-39. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Deborah Thorne and Katherine Porter. 2011. “Expectations and Experiences: Financial Education of Bankruptcy Debtors.” In Doug J. Lamdin (ed.), Consumer Knowledge and Financial Decisions: Lifespan Perspectives. Pp. 197-216. New York: Springer.

Other Publications

  • Deborah Thorne, “Bankruptcy.” 2015. The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies.
  • Deborah Thorne, Elizabeth Warren, and Teresa Sullivan. 2008 . “Generations of Struggle.” Research report for American Association of Retired Persons. Available at: http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/consume/2008_11_debt.pdf

  • Athens (Ohio) Best Professor, Athens News, Athens, Ohio
  • University Professor, Ohio University (university-wide teaching award)
  • Eric Wagner Endowed Teaching Professor, Ohio University
  • Outstanding University College Student Advocate, Ohio University
  • University Professor, Ohio University (university-wide teaching award)
  • Post-doctoral Fellow and Project Director, Consumer Bankruptcy Project, Harvard University

Sociology & Anthropology

Physical Address:
101 Phinney Hall

Mailing Address:
Sociology & Anthropology Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1110
Moscow, ID 83844-1110

Phone: 208-885-6751

Fax: 208-885-2034

Email: socanth@uidaho.edu

Web: Sociology and Anthropology Department

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