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Anna Penner

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Social Science, Seaver College
AC 235


Anna Penner is an assistant professor of sociology at Pepperdine University. Before joining the faculty at Pepperdine, she received her PhD in the department of sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her work focuses on life course consequences of having a disabled family member. She is particularly interested in how having a disabled sibling impacts non-disabled children and young adults behaviorally, educationally, and in the labor force.


  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Irvine, 2019
  • MA, Demography and Social Analysis, University of California, Irvine 2016
  • MA, Sociology, University of California, Riverside 2013
  • BA, Anthropology& Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University 2008


  • Shandra, Carrie and Anna Penner. 2017. "Benefactors and Beneficiaries? Disability and Care to Others in the United States." Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(4):1160-1185. DOI: 10.1111/jomf.12401 (Outstanding Publication Award, ASA Sociology of Disability & Society Section, 2017)
  • Penner, Anna. 2012. "The Disability Gap in Happiness Across Welfare Regimes." International Journal on Disability and Human Development, 12(3):325-331. DOI: 10.1515/ijdhd-2012-0111


  • Disability
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Inequality
  • Life Course


  • Gender and Society
  • Introductory Statistics