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A Conversation with Andrea Elliott, author of Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City

  • Andrea Elliott and Darcey Merritt
  • January 12 2022

The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison was pleased to host award-winning New York Times journalist and author Andrea Elliott for a discussion of her book, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City.

Elliott’s account, which follows eight dramatic years in the childhood of Dasani Coates, has been described as “A vivid and devastating story of American inequality” (New York Times) and “Stunning… a remarkable achievement that speaks to the heart and conscience of a nation” (Publishers Weekly).

Elliott was in conversation with Professor Darcey Merritt of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Merritt is a faculty fellow for the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research and has extensive experience as a practitioner in the private and public child welfare systems, and as a researcher with interests including child maltreatment prevention; maltreatment type definitional issues; neighborhood structural impact on maltreatment; and the lived experiences of those served by public child welfare systems.

Recording of the Event


Child Development & Well-Being, Child Maltreatment & Child Welfare System, Child Poverty, Children, Education & Training, Eviction & Foreclosure, Family & Partnering, Family Structure, Food & Nutrition, Food Insecurity, Health, Homelessness, Housing, Inequality & Mobility, Intergenerational Poverty, K-12 Education, Parenting, Racial/Ethnic Inequality, Social Determinants of Health, Transition to Adulthood


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