Visiting Scholars, 2004–2005

About the Scholars

Four Visiting Scholars were in residence for a one-week period at the Institute for Research on Poverty during the spring semester, 2005.

Ngina S. Chiteji is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Skidmore College. Prof. Chiteji is currently engaged in two major research projects. The first is an edited volume (with Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard of the University of Maryland) examining black-white differences in wealth holdings and patterns of wealth accumulation among often overlooked groups such as women, Latinos, and Native Americans. A second, independent project focuses on the intergenerational transmission of wealth within families with low levels of wealth. In particular, Prof. Chiteji is examining the ways that older generations of families use their wealth to benefit the youngest generation.

Susan T. Gooden is Associate Professor in the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University. Her current research focuses upon the processes government agencies can use to self-assess racial disparities in welfare programs. She is conducting a qualitative analysis of the Division of Workforce Solutions in the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, with the goal of developing a racial disparity assessment model specifically designed for application in public poverty programs. She was an IRP Visiting Scholar in 1999.

Marla McDaniel is a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Social Work at Columbia University. Her research focuses on poverty, social policy, the child protective system, and disparities in health and well-being. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2003. Her research explored the relationship between major life events such as giving birth, losing a job, moving, and getting arrested and the likelihood that low-income families in Illinois would be investigated for child abuse and neglect.

Michael A. Stoll is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, and an IRP affiliate. His research explores the broad themes of urban poverty and inequality, specifically the interplay of labor markets, race and ethnicity, and geography. He has examined in detail the labor market difficulties of African Americans and less skilled workers more generally (see, for example, IRP DP 1288-04) . He is also engaged in studies of the labor market effects of mass incarceration in the United States; Focus 23, no 2, includes an article on this research, coauthored with Harry Holzer and Steven Raphael.