IRP Seminars

IRP Seminar Series, 2013–2014

IRP seminars cross disciplinary boundaries to bring the latest research by top poverty scholars on and off campus to the Institute. They take place on Thursdays, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., in room 8417 Social Science Building (unless otherwise noted), and are open to the public.

New seminar dates will be added as seminars are confirmed.

In 2013–2014, IRP will feature the following seminar series:

Building Human Capital and Economic Potential
The Building Human Capital and Economic Potential seminar series features speakers from a variety of disciplines who will assess current research and policy solutions and highlight key research and policy challenges for increasing economic self-sufficiency through building human capital and economic potential. The series is designed to concentrate interest and create opportunities for exchange across a broad range of disciplines and to engage key poverty researchers from other institutions.

Meet the New IRP Affiliate
At the heart of IRP lies the poverty research of our campus-wide and national network of research affiliates and staff researchers. IRP affiliates maintain a substantial connection to the research, mentoring, and dissemination activities of the Institute. The Meet the New IRP Affiliate seminar series provides an opportunity for poverty researchers who recently joined the ranks of IRP affiliates to introduce themselves and their research interests to the community and to present some of their recent work.

IRP Visiting Scholars
The Visiting Scholar seminar series features visitors from one of IRP's three Visiting Scholar Programs. The first program, initiated in 1998 with support that continues today from the UW–Madison, brings scholars from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to the Institute for one- to two-week stays. The second program is for researchers interested in food assistance and is part of IRP's partnership with the USDA to serve as the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. And the third program is for a broad range of faculty, researchers, and policy analysts who are hosted by IRP for limited or longer-term stays.

New Perspectives in Social Policy
The annual New Perspectives in Social Policy seminar series seeks to reach beyond familiar and well-explored fields of poverty research, to challenge accepted paradigms, and to open paths to new research models and methodologies. In 2006, then-IRP Director Maria Cancian launched the series to mark the Institute's 40th anniversary.

RIDGE Food Assistance Research
IRP launched the RIDGE Food Assistance Research seminar series in 2010 in its role as the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. The Center serves as a focal point for stimulating new and innovative research related to food assistance programs, a hub for mentoring and training of researchers interested in food assistance and related issues, and a source of timely and accessible information on new research findings.

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
This seminar series is wide-ranging, featuring poverty studies scholars who represent a range of disciplines and whose work examines issues that lie at the heart of the poverty problem and efforts to address it.

IRP Seminar Calendar, Fall 2013

September 5, 2013
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Evaluation of a Government Assistance Program to Support Work in Singapore
Irene Y. H. Ng, Associate Professor of Social Work, National University of Singapore
 
September 12, 2013
Building Human Capital and Economic Potential Seminar Series
The Effect of Income on Educational Attainment: Evidence from State Earned Income Tax Credit Expansions
Katherine Michelmore, Ph.D. Candidate in Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation | Paper]
 
September 19, 2013
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center: Early Results from a Field Experiment on the Temporal Allocation of Schooling
Anya Samak, Assistant Professor, Department of Consumer Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]
 
September 26, 2013
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Lives in Limbo: Undocumented Mexican Young Adults and the Conflicting Experiences of Belonging and Illegality
Roberto Gonzales, Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
 
October 3, 2013
Building Human Capital and Economic Potential Seminar Series
Workforce Development Revisited—How to More Effectively Target Tight Resources
Carolyn Heinrich, Sid Richardson Professor of Public Affairs, Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]
 
October 10, 2013
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Creating the Political Will to Reduce Poverty and Promote Opportunity
Michael Laracy, Coordinator for Public Policy, Annie E. Casey Foundation
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]
 
October 17, 2013
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Understanding Heterogeneity in the Effects of Birth Weight on Adult Outcomes
Jason Fletcher, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]
 
October 24, 2013
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Do Men Make Less Than They Did Forty Years Ago?
Scott Winship, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]
 
October 31, 2013
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Credit Matters: Early Results of a Field Experiment of Credit Counseling for Low-Income Families in the NYC Parks Opportunity Job Training Program
J. Michael Collins, Associate Professor, Department of Consumer Science; Director of the Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
November 14, 2013
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Not Enough Hours in the Day: "Reporting Pay" Laws as a Tool for Remedying Work Hour Insecurity in Low-Wage American Jobs
Anna Haley-Lock, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation | Video Available through School of Social Work]
 
November 21, 2013
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Ain't No Trust: Low-Income Mothers, Suspicion, and Stalled Action in the Welfare Reform Era
Judith Levine, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Temple University
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint Presentation]
 
Friday, November 22, 2013
12:00–1:30 p.m., 8417 William H. Sewell Social Sciences Building
Identifying the Elasticity of Taxable Income
James Ziliak, Professor and Carol Martin Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics and Founding Director, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, University of Kentucky
Cosponsored with La Follette School of Public Affairs
[Available in PDF format: Paper | PowerPoint Presentation]
 
December 5, 2013
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Cultivating Educational Opportunity for Homeless and Highly Mobile Students: An Embedded Practice Perspective
Peter Miller, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
December 12, 2013
Building Human Capital and Economic Potential Seminar Series
School Accountability, Postsecondary Attainment and Earnings
David Deming, Assistant Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University
 

IRP Seminar Calendar, Spring 2014

January 23, 2014
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Will Indonesia's Boom Leave Its Poor Behind?
Ian Coxhead, Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[Available in PDF format: Paper | Presentation]
 
January 30, 2014
Building Human Capital and Economic Potential Seminar Series
New Perspectives on the Labor Market Effects of Immigration
Giovanni Peri, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Davis
[Presentation available in PDF]
 
February 6, 2014
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Occupy the Right to Housing: Popular Constitutionalism and Social Movements Revisited
Lisa Alexander, Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Prezi Presentation
 
February 13, 2014
RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
Breaking Out of Poverty & Overcoming Violence: Insights from Participatory Research with Mothers of Young Children
Mariana Chilton, Associate Professor of Public Health, Drexel University
 
February 20, 2014
Building Human Capital and Economic Potential Seminar Series
State Policy on the Ground: The Varied Effects of Remediation Policies across the California State University System
Eric Grodsky, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
February 27, 2014
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Connecting Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility: Looking Ahead, Not Behind
Timothy Smeeding, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Director of IRP, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Co-sponsored by the Lafollette School of Public Affairs
[Available in PDF format: PowerPoint]
 
March 6, 2014
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Land Reform in the New Deal: Separate and Unequal
Thomas Mitchell, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 3470 Social Science Building, 12:15-1:30 pm
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Mixed-Status Families and Stress: The Effects of Risk of Deportation on Substance Use
Edward Vargas, Postdoctoral Fellow, Robert W. Johnson Health Policy Center, University of New Mexico
 
March 13, 2014
RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
Food Security among People with Disabilities
Debra Brucker, Researcher, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire
 
March 27, 2014 - Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 Education Building
IRP New Perspectives Lecture Seminar Series
From Petty Crimes to Epic Records: Crime, Punishment, and American Inequality
Chris Uggen, Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota
Chris Uggen's PowerPoint Slides available on request |
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:30–4:00 p.m., Nancy Nicholas Hall, Wisconsin Idea Room Room 1199
Cosponsored Seminar with Center for Financial Security
Foreclosing on the Neighborhood: How Financial Markets Structure Neighborhood Processes
Hannah Thomas, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate, Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University; Research Fellow, Center for Financial Security, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
April 3, 2014
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Poverty and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Social Consequences of Alcohol Use
Joe Glass, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Video available through School of Social Work
 
April 10, 2014
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Trouble in the Tails? Earnings Nonresponse and Response Bias across the Distribution Using Matched Household and Administrative Data
Charles Hokayem, Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau
 

Friday, April 11, 2014 - Wisconsin Idea Room, 159 Education Building, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
IRP Special Seminar: Lunchtime Book Discussion

In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism
John Ahlquist, Associate Professor of Political Science and Trice Family Faculty Scholar, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Margaret Levi, Jere L. Bacharach Professor of International Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Washington

Discussants: Don Moynihan and Pam Oliver.

Moderator: Scott Gehlbach.

(This event is co-sponsored by La Follette School of Public Affairs and Political Science )

 
April 17, 2014
Building Human Capital and Economic Potential Seminar Series
The Effects of Expanding College Supply on College Enrollment, Choice, and Completion
Isaac McFarlin, Assistant Research Scientist of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 1310 Plenary Room, Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
The Robert J. Lampman Memorial Lecture
Neighborhoods vs. Schools
Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics, Harvard University
[PowerPoint Presentation available in PDF format]
 
April 24, 2014
Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
How Neighborhood Effects Differ by Family Poverty and Developmental Timing
Felix Elwert, Vilas Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
 
May 1, 2014
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Optimism and Belief in the American Opportunity Structure During the Great Recession: The Case of Second Generation Latino Young Men
Maria Rendón, Assistant Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, and Sociology, University of California, Irvine
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 3470 Social Science, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Multidimensional Poverty Index: An Application with U.S. Data
Shatakshee Dhongde, Assistant Professor, School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology
[Paper available in PDF format]
 
May 8, 2014
IRP Visiting Scholars Seminar Series
Second-Generation Decline or Advantage? New Evidence on the Assimilation of Latinos in the U.S.
Van Tran, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
 
May 15, 2014
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Public Policy in an Uncertain World
Charles Manski, Professor of Economics, Northwestern University
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12:15-1:30, 8417 Social Science Building
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
The Great Mismatch: Income Volatility and Spending Shocks of Low-Income Households
Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, and Executive Director of the Financial Access Initiative
Co-sponsored by the Center for Financial Security
 

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