The Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis is one of three federally designated centers whose mission is to facilitate non-partisan academic research on poverty in the U.S., disseminate this research, and train the next generation of poverty scholars. Our research agenda includes four themed areas of focus: labor markets and poverty, children and intergenerational transmission of poverty, the non-traditional safety net, and immigration.
A UC Davis economist and Center for Poverty Research Faculty Affiliate is taking part in an evaluation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
The project is being conducted by a committee organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. Its goal is to see if the redesigned WIC food packages meet the goals of the program, which are to protect the health of women, infants, and young children who are at risk of poor nutrition.
Marcos Murillo was lured by the American dream. When he left Chiapas, Mexico he promised his five siblings and his mom, who were living in a single room shack without electricity, that he’d send money from the other side of the U.S. border.
He says he thought, “I’m going to be rich, I’m going to be sweeping money out of the floor.”
In light of President Barack Obama declaring a state of emergency over the polluted water supply in Flint, Michigan, should obesity be a concern in Flint? What does safe drinking water have to do with obesity, you may ask? Efforts to improve water supplies and to curb obesity have been historically separate. However, might a shortage of good drinking water be a factor in the rise of obesity?
The first day back from winter break can be restless.
Many children are still coming down from the excitement of the holidays. Two unstructured weeks away from school — with strange food, rituals and relatives — can be overwhelming for many children, especially when it grinds to a halt after the new year and normality resumes.
But for students whose families are struggling in poverty, time away from school isn’t an exciting blip on an otherwise calm school year. For them, it can be a crippling time of insecurity when it comes to food and shelter.
Dr. Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Digital Tools for Social Innovation, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research examines the relationships between technological change, regional development, and the structure of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment.
Ann Huff Stevens is Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis, Professor in the Department of Economics, and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management. She studies low income workers and labor markets, the incidence and effects of job loss, connections between economic shocks and health, and poverty and safety-net dynamics.
Gail Goodman received her degree in Developmental Psychology from UCLA in 1977. Her areas of research expertise include welfare recipients, foster care, and the intergenerational transmission of attachment insecurity.
Marianne Page is Deputy Director of the Center for Poverty Research. Her research includes inter-generational mobility and the impact of social programs on children’s outcomes. Recent projects include investigations of the causal relationship between parental education and children’s success in school, distributional effects of class size reduction policies, and the impact of the WIC program on young children’s health.
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Leticia Saucedo received her degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1996. Her research centers on employment and immigration law, immigrants in low-wage workplaces and the structural dynamics affecting their entry.
Lisa Pruitt’s areas of research include legal and policy implications of income inequality along the rural-urban continuum and legal aspects of declining mobility, with an emphasis on diminishing access to higher education.
Michal Kurlaender’s work focuses on education policy and evaluation, particularly practices that address existing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality at various stages of the educational attainment process.
Ross A. Thompson’s research focuses on the applications of developmental research to public policy concerns, including school readiness and its development, early childhood investments, and early mental health.
Kimberlee Shauman received her degree in Sociology, Population Demography and Ecology from the University of Michigan in 1997. Her areas of expertise include social stratification, family and kinship, demography, sociology of education, and quantitative methodology.
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Paul Heckman received his degree in Curriculum and the Study of Schooling from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1982. His research focuses on the educational ecology of communities, school restructuring, and school culture, change and cognition.
Paul Hastings received his degree from the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the impact of stressors on child and adolescent well-being, and the effects of poverty on physiological reactivity, regulation and development of mental and physical health problems.
Rand Conger received his degree in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1976. His research focuses on social and economic stress; life course development; family interaction processes; and family research methods.
Giovanni Peri received his degree in Economics from UC Berkeley in 1998. His research focuses on the determinants of international migrations and their impact on labor markets, productivity, and investments.
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Anna Gassman-Pines, a small grants recipient, will be presenting her work as part of our seminar series. Gassman-Pines is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology and Neuroscience at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is also Faculty Fellow of Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy.