H. Luke Shaefer is the director of Poverty Solutions, a University of Michigan-wide center housed at the Ford School. He is a professor of social work and public policy whose research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the American Journal of Public Health. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. Shaefer has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and has consulted with a number of the nation's largest social service providers as well as numerous community-based agencies. His work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vox, the LA Times, and many others. His recent book with Kathryn Edin, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, among other awards.