Featuring Keynote Speaker
Kathryn J. Edin
Co-author of $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
Sociologist Kathryn Edin, PhD, studies poverty and has pursued key mysteries about the urban poor using ethnographic observations, in-depth interviews, and other approaches to provide insights to welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts. How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why don’t more go to work? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? How have the lives of the single mothers changed as a result of welfare reform?
Edin is a Distinguished Bloomberg Professor in the Department of Sociology, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She serves on the Department of Health and Human Services advisory committee for the poverty research centers at Michigan, Wisconsin, and Stanford. Edin is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. In 2014 she became a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.