I am a sociologist who uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study romantic relationships and low-income families’ finances, as well as government policies directed at both of these areas. My current research includes examining how social poverty—or lacking adequate relational resources—shapes people’s wellbeing and decisions; understanding the lives of prime-age men who are out of the labor force (neither working nor seeking a formal job); studying the role of relationship churning—on-again/off-again relationships—in the lives of parents and their children; and longitudinally following how poor mothers of babies experience a program that provides them with monthly unconditional cash gifts.
Poverty and the pandemic with Prof. Sarah Halpern-Meekin, 1050 Bascom (podcast), July 15, 2020
[Op-ed] The crisis to come: Poverty after the pandemic, Cap Times, June 10, 2020
A gloomy prediction on how much poverty could rise, New York Times, April 16, 2020
Sarah Halpern-Meekin on “social poverty”, UW Institute for Research on Poverty, April 15, 2020
How families and communities can weather uncertain times: BTN Livebig, Big Ten Network, April 6, 2020
The rise of the only child: What’s behind the rising number of single-child families, Channel 3000 News, February 24, 2020
How social ties affect poverty, Wisconsin Public Radio, August 22, 2019