Meet Kathy and Luke.
Kathryn J. Edin
I am Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1991 and I have also taught at Rutgers University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University. As one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers—working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, through direct, in-depth observations—I have authored eight books and some 60 journal articles. I am Co-Director of The Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) at Princeton University. I serve as a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Academy of Social Insurance. I live in Trenton and Baltimore with my husband, Tim, and I have two daughters, Kaitlin and Marisa.
H. Luke Shaefer
H. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D. is the director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an interdisciplinary, university-level initiative that seeks to inform, identify, and test innovative strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty. He is an associate professor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. His research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the American Journal of Public Health, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, among other sources. Shaefer has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and has consulted with a number of the nation’s largest social service providers as well as numerous community-based agencies. His work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Vox, the LA Times, and Huffington Post, among other media outlets, and he has been featured on such programs as Marketplace, and CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. His recent book with Kathryn Edin, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, among other awards.