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Poverty and social policy

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Emeritus faculty

Mary E. Corcoran

Professor Emeritus
Mary E. Corcoran is a professor emerita of public policy, political science, and women's studies. Her research focuses on the effects of gender and race discrimination on economic status and earnings, and on professional women's career trajectories.…
Emeritus faculty

James S. House

Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor of Survey Research, Public Policy & Sociology; Professor of Sociology; Professor of Public Policy; Research Scientist, Epidemiology Department; and Research Professor, Survey Research Center
James S. House is the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Survey Research, Public Policy, and Sociology. His research has focused on the role of social and psychological factors in the etiology and course of health and…
Postdoctoral fellow

Richard Rodems

Research Fellow
Richard Rodems is a postdoctoral fellow with Poverty Solutions, a University of Michigan-wide center housed at the Ford School. His research interests center on poverty, inequality, material hardship, social policy, racial disparities, and the…
Faculty by courtesy

Alexandra Murphy

Assistant Professor of Sociology; Faculty Affiliate, Population Studies Center; Assistant Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy)
Alexandra K. Murphy is an assistant professor of sociology and a faculty affiliate of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, with a courtesy appointment at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public…
Faculty by courtesy

Robert F. Schoeni

Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economcis; Research Professor; Survey Research Center; Research Professor, Population Studies Center
Bob Schoeni is a research professor at the Institute for Social Research and professor of economics, with a courtesy appointment at the Ford School. He is also the co-investigator of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a national panel survey of…
Faculty by courtesy

Kristin Seefeldt

Associate Professor of Social Work; Associate Professor of Public Policy;
Seefeldt’s primary research interests lie in exploring how low-income individuals understand their situations, particularly around issues related to work and economic well being. Currently, she is conducting research on families’ financial coping strategies and is a Principal Investigator of a survey examining the effects of the recession and recovery policies on individuals’ well being.
Core faculty

Michael S. Barr

Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy; Frank Murphy Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law
Barr conducts research and writes about a wide range of issues in domestic and international financial regulation, with a particular emphasis on financial services for low-income communities. He served in President Barack H. Obama's Administration as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's assistant secretary for financial institutions, and was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
Core faculty

Yazier Henry

Lecturer in Public Policy
Henry has written and published on the political economy of social voice, memory, trauma, identity, peace processes, Truth Commissions, international transitional justice and international humanitarian law. His research and writing projects focus on how structural and administrative violence come to be institutionalized during post-colonial transitions. His current work is on the discourse of human rights, structural violence and the politics of official voice.
Core faculty

Paula Lantz

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; James B. Hudak Professor of Health Policy
Lantz is the associate dean for academic affairs. A social demographer, she studies the role of public policy in improving population health and reducing social disparities in health. Lantz is currently engaged in research regarding the potential for and challenges associated with using social impact bonds to fund public/private partnerships aimed at improving health in low-income populations, including Medicaid beneficiaries.
Core faculty

Ann C. Lin

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Lin teaches courses on public policy implementation, gender and politics, qualitative research methods, and immigration. She studies policy implementation: the provisions that make policy easy or difficult to implement, the beliefs and behavior of people who implement policies, and the reactions of those who are targeted by policy. She is currently studying immigration policies, such as guestworker programs and legalization, and the political beliefs of American immigrants.
Core faculty

Jeffrey D. Morenoff

Professor of Public Policy and Sociology; Director, Population Studies Center
Morenoff's research interests include neighborhood environments, inequality, crime and criminal justice, the social determinants of health, racial/ethnic/immigrant disparities in health and antisocial behavior, and methods for analyzing multilevel and spatial data.
Core faculty

Natasha V. Pilkauskas

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Pilkauskas' research considers how social policy might improve the developmental and life trajectories of low-income children. She has looked at living arrangements of low-income children, especially those who live with grandparents, as well as the role of family/kin transfers in helping families make ends meet; links between maternal employment and school outcomes; the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit; and the effects of the Great Recession on low-income households.
Core faculty

Luke Shaefer

Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy; Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement; Director, Poverty Solutions
Shaefer is associate dean for research and policy engagement. He serves as the inaugural director of Poverty Solutions, an interdisciplinary, presidential initiative at U-M that seeks to partner communities and policymakers to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty. Shaefer’s research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals in the fields of public policy, social work, public health, health services research, and history.
Core faculty

Justin Wolfers

Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Wolfers's research interests include labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, social policy, law and economics, and behavioral economics. He is a research associate with the National Bureau for Economic Research, a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and an international research fellow at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany.
PhD Students

Matthew Alemu

Matthew Alemu completed his B.S. in Accounting at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans in 2006. Afterwards, he received his MPP from the University of Michigan in 2009. Before returning to U of M in Fall 2012, Matthew worked as a policy…
PhD Students

Elizabeth Burland

Elizabeth is a Ph.D. student in sociology and public policy. Her research interests are in the intersection of poverty, social inequality, and education policy. Previously, Elizabeth spent a year working at the Institute for Public Administration at…
PhD Students

Jared Eno

Jared is interested in issues of poverty and inequality, especially the role of education in social stratification; the role of research in public policy; and quantitative methodology. After completing his MPP at University of Michigan, he worked at…
PhD Students

Jessica Gillooly

Jessica Gillooly is a PhD candidate in Sociology and Public Policy and a trainee of Social Demography at the Population Studies Center, where she studies the criminal justice system. Her research uses ethnographic methods to examine how interactions…
PhD Students

Peter Martel

Peter J. Martel is a second-year student in the joint PhD Program in Public Policy & Sociology. His research focuses on the U.S. legal system, mass incarceration, criminal procedure, and prisons. He is currently in the early stages of a project that…
PubPol 736

PubPol 736: Poverty & Inequality

Natasha Pilkauskas
Tuesday, Thursday
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Winter 2021
1:00-2:20 pm EST

This course examines the nature, extent and causes of poverty and inequality in the US relying on a multidisciplinary literature from sociology, political science, economics, and psychology.

PUBPOL 201

PUBPOL 201: Systematic Thinking: Problems of the Day

Paula Lantz
Monday, Wednesday
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Fall 2020
11:30 am-12:50 pm EST

This course provides an introduction to public policy design and analysis using "systematic thinking" from the social sciences and humanities, with the application of scientific methods and knowledge more generally.

PUBPOL 746

PUBPOL 746: Social Welfare Policy

Luke Shaefer
Monday, Wednesday
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Winter 2020
8:30-9:50 am EST

This course examines U.S. social welfare programs and policies targeting the nonelderly poor, emphasizing what we know from social science research about the strengths and weaknesses and the intended and unintended effects of these policies.

PUBPOL 736

PUBPOL 736: Poverty & Inequality

Natasha Pilkauskas
Monday, Wednesday
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Fall 2019
2:30-3:50 pm EST

This course examines the nature, extent and causes of poverty and inequality in the US relying on a multidisciplinary literature from sociology, political science, economics, and psychology.