Departments and Research Centers

Poverty Solutions

The University of Michigan has a proud tradition of groundbreaking research and teaching on poverty and inequality, and a growing network of top experts in the field.

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Postdoctoral fellow

Wu Pinghui

Pinghui Wu is a postdoctoral research fellow at Poverty Solutions. Her research interests are in poverty and mobility, with a focus on how disadvantaged workers adjust to macroeconomic changes and the inequality in environmental hazards. At Poverty…
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…
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.
Staff

Afton Branche

Strategic Project Manager, City of Detroit Partnership on Economic Mobility
Staff

Julia Weinert

Assistant Director, Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan
News

Ford School wins NASPAA 2020 Social Equity award

Oct 4, 2020
The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) has awarded the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with its 2020 Social Equity Award, which honors a public policy, affairs, or administration program that exemplifies...
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Students support local organizations to improve equity

Aug 28, 2020
One element of the struggle for economic equity in Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities is the intentional denial of support networks that provide funding, customers, connections or other resources for businesses and...
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Unemployment remains steadily high in Detroit

Jun 30, 2020
As everyday activities in Detroit begin to resume, four out of 10 working Detroiters remain temporarily or permanently laid off, and many residents say they feel the state is reopening too soon. According to the third rapid response COVID-19...

Morenoff details How COVID-19 is Impacting Detroit Residents

Jun 19, 2020
The Detroit Metro Area Communities Study (DMACS) is a University of Michigan initiative that regularly surveys a representative group of Detroit residents about their communities, asking about their experiences, perceptions, priorities, and...
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TANF left out of coronavirus relief efforts

May 8, 2020
Temporary Assistance For Needy Families, or TANF, was created as part of the 1996 Welfare Reform bill as a way to give cash assistance to those most vulnerable. Yet at a time when millions of Americans are in dire need of cash assistance, the...
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Shaefer warns of Medicaid work requirement risks

Jul 17, 2019
Michigan is set to implement Medicaid work requirements in 2020. But Luke Shaefer, professor of public policy and director of Poverty Solutions, warns that the requirement could lead to health coverage losses and an administrative burden on the...