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National Poverty Fellows Program

Fellow Profiles

The National Poverty Fellows Program is a federal government-university partnership that seeks to build the capacity of researchers to conduct high-quality policy-relevant research on poverty and inequality in the United States and to contribute to the effective use of research and scientific knowledge in the formation of public policy.

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison administers the program with support provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

In 2017–18, the fellows are in residence at ASPE or OPRE in Washington, D.C., conducting poverty-related research and analysis, contributing to planning and overseeing poverty-related research and evaluation studies, and working on their own related research projects.

In addition to their work at ASPE and OPRE, the fellows receive academic mentoring from senior IRP Affiliates and researchers, participate in IRP conferences, and give talks about their research at IRP's weekly seminar series.

2018–2019 National Poverty Fellows Recruitment

The Institute for Research on Poverty is calling for applications for up to two fellowship positions for 2018–2019. These fellows will be in residence at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families (OPRE-ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Please see the position description for more information.

The fellowship positions are open to U.S. citizens who are up to 6 years post-PhD in the social or behavioral sciences with a substantive background in poverty, economic inequality, and social policy from any accredited educational institution.

Applicants should have strong research skills, experience with program evaluation, excellent communication skills, particularly in terms of translating research for policy audiences, and work well as part of a team. For more information and to apply, please see the full Call for Applications.


Current National Poverty Fellows

The current fellows are Megan Reid (PhD, Sociology, University of Texas at Austin), and Lincoln H. Groves (PhD, Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University). The fellows' individual bios follow.

Kathleen Moore

mfmoore2@wisc.edu

Kathleen Moore has a PhD in Public Policy and Management from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Her research interests include low-income housing and homelessness policy. Moore's dissertation estimated discrimination rates for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders through a multi-city online experiment. Moore is a fellow at ACF-OPRE and is being mentored by IRP Affiliate and Professor of Social Work Daniel Meyer.

Megan Reid

Megan Reid

mreid4@wisc.edu

Megan Reid earned her PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and worked as a Project Director at the National Development and Research Institutes before beginning her position as a National Poverty Fellow. Her research focuses on social inequalities, families, housing, and disaster. In her dissertation, she focused on analyzing the experiences of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina and developed the concept of temporal domination to explain how time structures social inequalities. Her most recent project focuses on understanding parenting and partnering among low-income Black couples in New York City. In a recent article she identified the "vetting and letting" process of cohabiting step family formation. Megan is a fellow at OPRE-ACF and is mentored by IRP Director Lawrence Berger.

Lincoln Groves

Lincoln Grove

lgroves@wisc.edu

Lincoln Groves has an M.A. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Syracuse University. He is interested in the human capital development of young adults at-risk of living in poverty, as well as the role of public policy in facilitating more favorable outcomes for these groups. In his dissertation, he investigates how three large-scale social insurance programs—AFDC/TANF, Medicaid, and Social Security's Student Benefit Program—affected the educational attainment and work experience of vulnerable young adults. Before his graduate studies in Syracuse, Lincoln worked as an economic research analyst in Washington, DC—with both the government (USDOJ, Antitrust Division) and a private sector consulting firm (MiCRA, Inc.)—and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria. Lincoln is a fellow at ASPE and is mentored by Timothy Smeeding.

Previous National Poverty Fellows

Nicole Deterding

Nicole Deterding

Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

Melinda Petre

Melinda Petre

Shomon Shamsuddin

Shomon Shamsuddin

Sharon Wolf

Sharon Wolf