2017–2018 Scholars-in-Residence Program for Underrepresented Groups

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) conducts an annual competitive Scholars-in-Residence Program for Underrepresented Groups that is a component of IRP's National Poverty Research Center activities sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

The program provides an opportunity for emerging underrepresented scholars to spend one to two weeks at the U.S. Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) institution of their choice. The 2017 to 2018 scholars are briefly profiled below.

Jordan Conwell

Jordan ConwellJordan Conwell, a 2017 to 2018 Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow at UW–Madison, begins a position as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies at UW–Madison during the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

For the IRP Scholar-in-Residence program, he chose to visit the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis.

Conwell earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2017 at Northwestern University. His dissertation examined "All Money is Not Created Equal: Racial Differences in Students' Educational Returns to Parental Income."

Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, he investigates how intersections of race and class inequality in students' educational experiences and outcomes, in both K-12 and higher education, affect processes of racial stratification and intergenerational class mobility.

Diana Hernàndez

Diana HernàndezDiana Hernàndez is Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and a JPB Environmental Health fellow at the Harvard University Chan School of Public Health.

For the IRP Scholar-in-Residence program, she chose to visit the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University.

Hernàndez earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 2009. Her research has focused on housing and household energy as social and environmental determinants of health and her funded projects have assessed the impact of policy and programmatic measures to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged group members.

Drawing largely on qualitative and mixed-methods, her research examines the connections between the built environment (housing and neighborhoods), poverty, and health, with a particular emphasis on energy insecurity. Energy insecurity is a concept that she has spearheaded examining the adverse health and social consequences of inadequate and unaffordable household energy.

Adrian Huerta

Adrian H. HuertaAdrian H. Huerta is a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California Pullias Center for Higher Education.

For the IRP Scholar-in-Residence program, he chose to visit the West Coast Poverty Center at the University of Washington.

Huerta earned his Ph.D. in Education at UCLA, where his dissertation research focuses on vulnerable and marginalized low-income Latino male youth attending urban alternative schools. His research focuses on declining educational achievement and the school-to-prison pipeline for Latino male youth and the effects of poverty on these issues.

He was awarded an American Education Research Association Minority Dissertation Fellowship for his doctoral work and is working on a book manuscript based on these data. He is currently conducting a research project at a community college in California that seeks to identify at-risk factors for dropout for Latino males.

Marci Ybarra

Marci Ybarra is an Assistant Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She earned her Ph.D. at UW–Madison, where she was a Graduate Research Fellow.

For the IRP Scholar-in-Residence program, she chose to visit Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan.

Ybarra's research considers the role of the safety net in public program enrollment, material well-being, work and income, and client experiences with social service programs. Her lines of research include socioeconomic outcomes for families exposed to the welfare reforms of the 1990s; the role of means-tested and state paid leave programs in supporting low-income mothers in the period surrounding a birth; the use of public health and child care programs by immigrant families with a focus on the role of legal status and nativity among children and their parents; and drawing on participant observations and qualitative interviewing of caseworkers and clients.

She is evaluating the role of intensive case management services in improving economic outcomes among low-income families.

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