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Natasha Pilkauskas

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Pilkauskas is a social demographer who studies the social safety net, children's living arrangements, and economic insecurity. Pilkauskas' work considers how social policy might improve the developmental and life trajectories of children living in poverty.
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Highlights from the Dean's Symposium

Apr 21, 2024
Two days of panels, chats, and keynotes focused on examining and seeking solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face in Michigan, in the United States, and across the globe. More than 400 students, faculty, staff, and friends attended in...
State & Hill

Faculty news, fall 2023

Dec 12, 2023
Axelrod's adventures Robert Axelrod, William D. Hamilton Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, writes about the difficulties and rewards of interdisciplinary collaboration in his new autobiography, A Passion for Cooperation: Adventures...
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Michelmore and Pilkauskas discuss the benefits of tax credits

Oct 9, 2023
Over the past few months, Ford School associate professors Katherine Michelmore and Natasha Pilkauskas have been discussing their research and insights on the 2021 Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit in a wide array of outlets.  Here...
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Ford School welcomes PPIA 2023 cohort

Jun 19, 2023
The 2023 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) has welcomed 23 students from 11 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. This year’s cohort will spend seven weeks taking classes, participating in...
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Faculty News, spring 2023

May 3, 2023
Dominique Adams-Santos, Celeste Watkins-Hayes, and PhD candidate Kayonne Christy contributed a chapter, "Narratives in Context: Locating Racism and Sexism in Black Women's Health Experiences," to The Routledge Companion to...
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Pilkauskas: Child Tax Credit "lost in the wash of stimulus money"

Jan 3, 2023 Los Angeles Times
Natasha Pilkauskas, Los Angeles Times: "It’s baffling to me that it (the expanded Child Tax Credit) wasn’t more popular." The enhanced payment may have been lost in the wash of stimulus money Americans received at the height of the pandemic,...
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Faculty Findings, fall 2022

Dec 19, 2022
Governing for revolution In her 2021 book, new Ford School professor Megan Stewart describes how, during the Chinese Civil war in the 1940s, Chairman Mao and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) established a new model for governing as they took up...
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Faculty News, fall 2022

Dec 19, 2022
Jenna Bednar published “The Fractured Superpower: Federalism is Remaking U.S. Democracy and Foreign Policy,” in Foreign Affairs. The Coalition for Networked Information, the Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE awarded Paul Courant the...
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Seeking inspiring scholar and changemaker—please apply

Dec 15, 2022
The University of Michigan has officially launched its invitation to apply to be the next Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The job description calls for “an experienced and inventive...
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Pilkauskas insight on multigenerational households

Nov 24, 2022 NPR
Natasha Pilkauskas, NPR: "In terms of multigenerational households, the kind of people who tend to live in them tend to have fewer economic resources. It's also much more common amongst nonwhite families. It's very surprising to me in some senses...
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'MarketWatch' notes Poverty Solutions child tax credit research

Oct 12, 2022 MarketWatch
Poverty Solutions, MarketWatch: "Low-income families with $500 monthly checks reduced their food insecurity by 32% and the monthly payments made life easier for some when it came to their medical bills and utility costs, University of Michigan...
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Pilkauskas says finances encourage multi-generational households

Aug 7, 2022 Marketplace
Marketplace reports that 8in 10 young adults are moving settling in their home towns. And it reports that one in five adults now live in a multigenerational home.  “People actually save a lot of money, I mean it’s not surprising, when they move...
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Faculty News, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
Arun Agrawal was selected as co-chair on the Intergovernmental Transformative Change Assessment, sponsored by the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Javed Ali provided his expertise on national security to numerous...
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Discourse: Ford School faculty in the news, spring 2022

May 31, 2022
“(Putin) has already violated every international treaty, including the U.N. charter, by invading. This has international implications, not just European implications. Now, the question of what we do and how we do it, with regards to sanctions or...
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Pilkauskas quoted on affluence and family cohesion

May 11, 2022 The Atlantic
An article in The Atlantic examines how affluence affects where older children live in relation to their parents.  Ford School associate professor Natasha Pilkaukas is cited, noting that that the rate of multigenerational living is considerably...
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Pilkauskas investigates accessibility of expanded Child Tax Credit

Apr 18, 2022 The New Yorker
The U.S. government's response to the 2020 recession was unprecedented. One of the most important areas was the expanded Child Tax Credit. Natasha Pilkauskas, associate professor of public policy, has studied who was able to access the program, and...
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Pilkauskas notes advantages of multigenerational households

Mar 27, 2022 Marketplace
New research from the Pew Research Center shows that the amount of U.S. residents living in multigenerational households has quadrupled in the last 50 years and that these families are more financially secure. Natasha Pilkauskas, associate professor...
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Pilkauskas weighs in on policy that addresses need

Dec 20, 2021 Wallet Hub
In a WalletHub interview, Natasha Pilkauskas shares insights about "changes and challenges experienced by needy groups and those who desire to help" based on her recent research showing benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other benefits...