Lisa Pruitt received her degree from the University of London in
1997. Her 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.
Hilary Hoynes received her degree in Economics from Stanford
University in 1992. She specializes in the study of poverty,
inequality, and the impacts of government tax and transfer
programs on low income families.
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Michal Kurlaender received her degree in Education Policy from
Harvard University in 2005. Her 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.
Ming-Cheng Lo received her degree in Sociology from the
University of Michigan in 1996. Her poverty related research
focuses on low-income immigrants’ healthcare experiences.
On-going projects include research on why different immigrant
groups develop varying coping strategies for inadequate care, how
healthcare challenges gender identities among immigrant women,
and whether children of low-income immigrants, as assimilated
adults, continue to struggle with issues of mistrust in
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Ross A. Thompson received his degree in Psychology from the
University of Michigan in 1981. His 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.
In 2010 (the most recent year for which statistics have been
compiled), 46.2 million people in the
United States were in poverty and the nation’s official poverty
rate was 15.1%. This was the fourth consecutive
annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which
poverty estimates have been published.