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J. Michael Collins

Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance, Professor
Consumer Science Department; Personal Finance Major
Office 4208

J. Michael Collins is faculty director of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer & Personal Finance in the School of Human Ecology, a Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, a family economics specialist for the Division of Extension, and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and Center for Demography and Ecology.

Collins studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices. He is involved in studies of household finance and well-being supported by leading foundations and federal agencies. Collins brings nearly a decade of applied experience to his research. He founded PolicyLab Consulting Group, a research consulting firm working with national foundations and government agencies, and co-founded SpringFour, an online database for mortgage servicers and counselors.

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PhD, Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
MPP, Harvard University
BS, Miami University


La Follette School of Public Affairs
Institute for Research on Poverty
Center for Demography and Ecology
Division of Extension

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Family Economics Doctoral Seminar (CS 930)

Birkemeier, J., M. Sherraden, and J. M. Collins (2018). Financial Capability and Asset Building: A Textbook for Professionals. New York, NY: Oxford Press.