Visiting Scholars, 2007–2008

About the Scholars

Anat Gofen spent the 2006–2007 academic year in full-time residence at IRP and will be a periodic visitor in 2007–2008. She earned a Ph.D. at the School of Public Policy at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her primary research interests are in family and education policies and the role of "family capital."

Daphne Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and a Research Associate of the Population Research Institute, Penn State University. She will be in residence at IRP from November 26 through December 8, 2007. On November 29, she will present a seminar at IRP, "The Reciprocal Relationship between the Underground Economy and Family's Health." Hernandez received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Boston College. She was also a National Poverty Center Postdoctoral Fellow supported by the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include father involvement, adolescent delinquency and risk-taking behaviors, and the effects of welfare and antipoverty policies on children. A recent publication is "Measuring father involvement within low-income families: Who is a reliable and valid reporter?" in Parenting: Science and Practice, January-March 2007, 7(1), 69–97.

Tomas Korpi, Associate Professor of Sociology, Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University, is visiting IRP and the UW Sociology Department during the academic year. His research interests focus on processes related to mobility and inequality on the labor market. This spans both macro-level events such as industrial restructuring and micro-level processes such as the psychology of unemployment. It also includes the relationship between mobility and public policy, specifically the impact of education and labor market programs.

Sarah Halpern-Meekin, a doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Harvard University, will be visiting IRP for the 2007–2008 academic year. Her research interests include adolescence, family structure, and marriage education programs.

Sharon Keigher, Professor of Social Work at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be visiting IRP for the 2007–2008 academic year. A qualitative researcher, she has focused on aging and health policy, especially in-home services, homelessness, and consumer-directed care. Since 2000, as a co-investigator, she has been working on two NIH funded in-depth, qualitative, longitudinal studies looking at the policy implications and health risks faced by two vulnerable populations. The first were Wisconsin women living with HIV who were interviewed ten times throughout 24 months. Her current project is following Milwaukee women who have been "unsuccessful" on W-2, and exhausted their W-2 benefits.

Nicole P. Marwell, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latina/o Studies at Columbia University, will be a Visiting Scholar at the Havens Center and an IRP Visitor during Fall 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2000, and is a faculty affiliate of Columbia's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Center for Urban Research and Policy, Center on Organizational Innovation, and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Dr. Marwell is also a member of the Editorial Board of the American Sociological Association's Rose Series in Sociology, and directs the Workshop on Nonprofit Organizations in Economy and Society at Columbia.

NICOLE P. MARWELL is Associate Professor of Sociology and Latina/o Studies at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2000, and is a faculty affiliate of Columbia's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Center for Urban Research and Policy, Center on Organizational Innovation, and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Dr. Marwell is also a member of the Editorial Board of the American Sociological Association's Rose Series in Sociology, and directs the Workshop on Nonprofit Organizations in Economy and Society at Columbia.

Christopher McKelvey, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, will be visiting IRP for the summer of 2007. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2005. His research primarily focuses on development economics, but also has broad implications for the study of poverty and inequality in both developing and developed countries. A current project explores whether all individuals within a community have access to the same prices-an issue with important implications for the analysis of household welfare and standard measures of poverty.

Renate Minas, Researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, and Senior Lecturer at Department of Social Work, Stockholm University, is visiting IRP and the UW Sociology Department and School of Social Work during the academic year. Her work as a researcher concerns citizenship and the transformation of welfare institutions. She is involved in the project Rescaling of Social Welfare Policies, a comparative study on the path towards multi-level governance in Europe.

Oscar Mitnik is an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department of the University of Miami. He will be in residence at IRP from March 3 through March 14, 2008. On March 6, he will present a seminar at IRP. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His interests include labor economics, applied econometrics, and applied microeconomics. His recent research has focused primarily on the determinants and effects of policies oriented to help welfare recipients (and low-income individuals in general) to become self-sufficient, and on the econometric methods for program evaluation. A recent publication is "Nonparametric Tests for Treatment Effect Heterogeneity," with R. K. Crump, V. J. Hotz, & G. W. Imbens, 2007, forthcoming in The Review of Economics and Statistics.

Hwa-Ok Park, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at Kangnam University, Yongin, South Korea, will be visiting IRP in the summer 2007. She has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include aging and caregiving, psychological effects of poverty, and public income assistance for low-income families. Currently, her research focuses on the psychological and economic well-being of grandparent caregivers.

David J. Pate Jr., Assistant Professor of Social Work, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Faculty Affiliate of both IRP and the Center for the Study of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be visiting IRP in summer 2007. He earned a Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. His fields of special interest are welfare reform policy, child support enforcement policy, fatherhood, domestic violence, and the intersection of race and poverty.

Patrizio Piraino, a doctoral student in the Department of Economics at the University of Siena, has extended his IRP visit for a third year to participate in a research project-Assessing Equity and Excellence in Public Higher Education-funded by the Mellon Foundation. IRP affiliates Bob Haveman, John Witte and Barbara Wolfe are the principal investigators.