Sasha Abramsky received his undergraduate degree in politics,
philosophy, and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, and his
master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
His work has appeared in The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, New
York magazine, The Village Voice, and Rolling Stone. He is
currently exploring poverty in America through a grant from the
Open Society Foundation’s Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation.
Dr. Chris Benner is an Associate Professor of Community and
Regional Development, and Chair of the Geography Graduate Group
at the University of California, Davis. His research
focuses on 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 patterns.
A. Colin Cameron received his degree in Economics from Stanford
University in 1988. His research specialty is econometric theory
for cross-section data, especially count data, and applications
to labor economics and health economics data.
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Gregory Clark received his degree in Economics from Harvard
University in 1985. His main research area is long run economic
growth, the wealth of nations, with particular focus on the
economic history of England and India.
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Katherine Conger received her degree in Sociology from Iowa State
University in 1993. Her research focuses on the quality and
course of sibling relationships; interpersonal processes in
families emphasizing the linkages between family stress and
adolescent adjustment; and observational research methods.
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.
Peter Franks received his M.D. degree from the University of
London, England. His research focuses on research design and
methodology in primary care, psychosocial and socioeconomic
factors affecting health, and health status measurement.
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Kevin Gee received his doctorate from Harvard University. His
previous position was as a lecturer at the Taubman Center for
Public Policy at Brown University. His research interests focus
on the role that children’s health plays in their ability to
learn. He also brings strong expertise in large-scale program
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.
Dr. Guyer’s research focuses on the behavioral and neural
mechanisms that may underlie the way that adolescents think and
feel. One overarching question throughout her research is how
does attentional focus modulate the brain circuitry involved in
emotional responding? In other words, how does the way in which
adolescents perceive or attend to stimuli, such as faces, impact
neural circuitry function that underlies avoidance or approach
responses? How does this play out in adolescents as they age, or
in adolescents who have social-emotional difficulties? A second
overarching question is how do different patterns of response in
emotional circuitry relate to each other?
Erin Hamilton received her degree in Sociology from the
University of Texas, Austin in 2009. Her current research
investigates the social and demographic sources of international
migration from Mexico to the United States.
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Angela Harris received her degree from the University of Chicago
Law School in 1986. Her research focuses on critical legal
theory, examining how law can reinforce and challenge
subordination on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, class, and
other dimensions of power and identity.
Cassandra Hart earned her degree in Human Development and Social
Policy from Northwestern University in 2011. Her research focuses
on state and national education policies, and school-choice
policies and their effects on student outcomes.
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.
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
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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Jonathan K. London received his degree in Environmental Science
Policy and Management from UC Berkeley in 2011. 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.
Deb Niemeier received her degree in Civil and Environmental
Engineering from the University of Washington in 1994. Her
research focuses on the impact of low income families’ access to
transport on jobs, healthcare, and schools.
Dina Okamoto received her degree in Sociology from the University
of Arizona in 2001. Her poverty related research focuses on
interviews and ethnographic studies of low-income immigrant
families and their adaptation to life in the U.S.
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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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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.
Heather Rose received her degree in Economics from UC San Diego
in 2001. Her research areas include the effects of school finance
systems, accountability programs, and governance structures on
the distribution of school resources, student outcomes and
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.
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
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Ann Huff Stevens received her Ph.D. from the University of
Michigan in 1995. Her research interests include the incidence
and effects of job loss, understanding connections between
economic shocks and health, and poverty dynamics.
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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.
Professor Ventry is a graduate of UC Los Angeles (B.A., History),
UC Santa Barbara (Ph.D., Economic and Legal History), and New
York University School of Law (J.D.). He is the author of dozens
of articles, book chapters, and an edited volume. His research
interests include tax policy, tax theory and history, family
taxation, legal ethics and professional standards, tax
administration and compliance, distributive justice, and public
Keith Widaman received his degree in Developmental Psychology
from Ohio State University in 1982. His research focuses on the
effects of poverty on families, children, and parenting,
and on ethnicity and the impacts of economic hardship on