Poverty and Place Conference Presenters
Learn about the conference presenters and discussants

scott_w_allard_2.jpgScott 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.

michelle_wilde_anderson_cropped.jpgMichelle Wilde Anderson is a public law scholar and practitioner focused on state and local government, including urban policy, city planning, local democracy, and public finance. Her work combines legal analysis with the details of human experience to understand the local governance of high poverty areas, both urban and rural, and the legal causes of concentrated poverty and fiscal crisis.

evelyn_blumenberg_crop_0.jpgEvelyn Blumenberg is a Professor and Chair of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Professor 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.

christopher_elmendorf_cropped.jpgChristopher S. Elmendorfis a Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis.  Professor Elmendorf’s varied teaching and research interests include election law, administrative law, statutory interpretation, constitutional law, and property and natural resources law.  He writes mostly on the subject of elections.


sarah_elwood_cropped.jpgSarah Elwood is a Professor of Geography at the University of Washington. Elwood’s work contributes to urban geography, relational poverty research, critical GIS & geoweb studies, and mixed/visual methods. Current activities include co-directing the Relational Poverty Network with Vicky Lawson and comparative research on middle class poverty politics in mixed income residential neighborhoods in Buenos Aires and Seattle.

tracey_farrigan_cropped_0.jpgTracey Farrigan  is a Geographer with the Rural Economy Branch in the Resource and Rural Economics Division of the United States Department of Agriculture. In this position, she focuses on a variety of research topics related to rural household well-being. Tracey’s principal areas of expertise are poverty and impact analysis.


bruce_haynes_0.jpgBruce 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.

adrienne_hosek_cropped_0.jpgAdrienne 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.


victoria_lawson_0.jpgVictoria 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.

jonathan_london_cropped.jpgJonathan 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.

deb_niemeier_cropped.jpgDeb 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.

bertrall_ross.jpgBertrall Ross is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley and Co-Faculty Director of the Henderson Center. Ross’ research interests are driven by a normative concern about democratic responsiveness and a methodological approach that integrates political theory and empirical social science into discussions of legal doctrine, the institutional role of courts, and democratic design.

kai_schafft_cropped.jpgKai 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.

jennifer_sherman_cropped.jpgJennifer 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_0.jpgSheryl-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.

kenneth_stahl_cropped.jpgKenneth A. Stahl is a Professor at the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University. He is also the director of Chapman’s Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law certificate program.  Before joining Chapman, Professor Stahl spent four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.


ann_stevens.jpgAnn 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.

margaret_weir_cropped.jpgMargaret Weir is a Professor of Sociology and Political Science and Avice M. Saint Chair in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches courses on urban society and politics, political sociology, and the welfare state. Before coming to Berkeley in 1997, she was a Senior Fellow in Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution (1992-1997) and was a member of the faculty of the Government Department at Harvard University (1985-1992).