In November 2014, the Center hosted the conference “Poverty and Place,” which focused on the implications of geography and population density have for poverty. This conference brought together a unique mix of researchers, policy professionals and industry leaders to discuss their work studying the people, geography, and the safety net as it relates to persistent poverty.
Ann Stevens is Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis, Economics Professor and Interim Dean at 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. Stevens previously served on the faculty at Rutgers and Yale Universities and is a faculty research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Scott W. Allard is a Professor at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington with expertise in social welfare policy, federalism and intergovernmental relationships, and urban policy. Allard is a nonresidential senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and co-director of the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center at the University of Chicago Review.
Jennifer Sherman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Washington State University. Her research looks at the interactions of economic conditions, cultural norms, and family outcomes, particularly in rural areas. Sherman focuses on families experiencing poverty and low incomes in order to understand the ways in which their choices and decisions are impacted by economic constraints and community contexts.
Sheryl-Ann Simpson is an Assistant Professor of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests span a variety of urban issues, including immigration, housing, and urban health. The connective thread in all of her work is an interest in the voices, experience, and ideas of individuals and communities that have been historically excluded (or marginalized) in the decision-making processes around their homes.
Kai Schafft is an Associate Professor of Education in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University and the director of Penn State’s Center on Rural Education and Communities. Trained as a rural sociologist, his work focuses broadly on the intersection between social inequality and spatial inequality. His major areas of research include the interrelationship between rural poverty and student transiency, contexts for rural youth development, farm-to-school program implementation, and rural health outcomes.
Evelyn Blumenberg is a Professor and Chair of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles. Blumenberg’s research examines the effects of urban structure–the spatial location of residents, employment, and services–on economic outcomes for low-wage workers, and on the role of planning and policy in shaping the spatial structure of cities.
Deb Niemeier is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests focus on transportation-air quality modeling, energy consumption and land use interactions, sustainability and the project development process for major infrastructure projects. She is the Director for the Sustainable Design Academy at UC Davis and has just completed a 6-year term as Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research, Part A, the leading international journal focused on transportation policy and practice.
Jonathan London is an Assistant Professor of Human and Community Development at the University of California, Davis and a Faculty Affiliate of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. His research addresses conflicts and collaboration in natural resource and environmental issues, specifically on marginalized rural communities and environmental justice issues in the Sierra Nevada and the Central Valley.
Victoria Lawson is a Professor of Geography at the University of Washington. Lawson is the co-founder of the Relational Poverty Network (with Sarah Elwood); Past-President of the Association of American Geographers (AAG); Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award winner; Director of the UW Honors Program, former Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of Washington, and committed teacher.
Adrienne Hosek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. Hosek’s research focuses on income inequality and redistributive politics in the United States, the statistics of causal inference, and survey experimentation.
Bruce Haynes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. He is an authority on race, ethnicity, and urban communities. His publications include The Ghetto: Contemporary Issues and Controversies, a co-edited volume that brings together prominent scholars throughout the world to examine marginalized urban spaces and the usefulness of the concept, and term, “ghetto.”
Jesus Hernandez is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis.