“Men and women cannot be really free until they have plenty to eat, and time and ability to read and think and talk things over.”
–Henry A. Wallace
I study the problems of hunger and food insecurity in the United States, including patterns, causes, consequences, and solutions, with a particular interest in the role of food assistance programs and policies. I also have an appointment with UW–Madison Division of Extension, where I work to make food security data and research available, understandable, and actionable to non-academics.
My work has generated significant investments to support local, state, and national research in the areas of food insecurity and food assistance programs. I also collaborate on grants that support my research on child support, child placement, and the economic well-being of divorced parents. Over the years, I have published numerous peer-reviewed articles as well as dozens of local and state policy reports on these topics. My past leadership of the RIDGE program helped to cultivate a nationwide network of junior scholars in the food security area, and was recognized with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary’s Honor Award (2014).
PhD, Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin–Madison
BS, Psychology, Johns Hopkins University
Institute for Research on Poverty
UW–Madison Division of Extension
Center for Financial Security
Applied Population Lab