The Center for Poverty Research hosts an annual seminar series on poverty issues. We are pleased to welcome faculty, researchers, and thought leaders to the UC Davis campus.
Most of our seminars are located in Andrews Conference Room, 2203 Social Sciences and Humanities Building, unless otherwise noted.
Parking Information: A valid UC Davis parking permit is required to park on campus. Daily Visitor Permits are available for purchase for $9.00 at machines located at the entrance to the Quad Parking Structure (GPS Address: 1 Howard Way, Davis, CA). The Andrews Conference Room is a short walk from the parking structure.
Directions to Andrews Conference Room: Enter the Social Sciences & Humanities Building through the Letters & Science Dean’s Office entrance (arch and glass doors). Stairs and elevator are located just inside; proceed to the second floor. Andrews is on the right side of the hall, 2203 SS&H.
Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has served as the Vice President of the American Economics Association and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences.
Income inequality in the U.S. is near an all-time high, with damaging consequences for the future of our nation. The William T. Grant Foundation is committed to supporting research on ways to reduce inequality among young people. In an era when evidence is ignored and even fundamental facts are challenged, what role can researchers play in advancing sound policies? Adam Gamoran will explain the Foundation’s focus on reducing inequality and improving the use of evidence in policy decisions, and will consider how one might think about these priorities in light of contemporary battles over facts and evidence. He will derive key areas for research on reducing inequality from recent consensus reports on effective strategies, and encourage research that responds to these challenges.
In his remarks, President Gamoran will argue that universities should do more to support research that benefits society by responding to the pressing problems of the day. He will lay out a strategy for institutions to incentivize this type of work by supporting partnerships between researchers and public agencies or private nonprofit organizations.
The lecture will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the International House (across the street from the main UC Davis campus). A reception and light refreshments will follow in the Lounge.
The William T. Grant Foundation supports research to improve the lives of young people. Within this broad mission it has to areas of focus: research on reducing inequality in youth outcomes, and research on improving the use of research evidence in policy and practice. Adam Gamoran, president of the Foundation, will discuss the Foundation’s priorities and the opportunities it provides for research funding.
Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.
Stefanie Deluca is a Professor of Sociology and Social Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Deluca’s research explores the way social context (e.g. family, school, neighborhood, peers) affects the outcomes of disadvantaged young people, primarily in adolescence and at the transition to adulthood. Using interdisciplinary frameworks and multiple methodologies to examine these issues, my current research focuses on the sociology of education, urban sociology, neighborhoods and social inequality in the life course.