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Introduction to the Issue, Focus 31(1)

This issue includes summary versions of cutting-edge research in four core areas: Poverty and Welfare, Children and Families, Race and Immigration, and Inequality and Mobility. As the articles address issues of central concern to poverty researchers, they include a rich diversity of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological approaches—a remarkable tribute to Sheldon Danziger, who served as a mentor to all the papers’ authors. The papers were presented at the April 2014 conference “Poverty, Policy, and People: 25 Years of Research and Training at the University of Michigan.” The conference brought together students, colleagues, and friends of Danziger to celebrate the many contributions he has made to poverty research through his own scholarship, and as a mentor to over one hundred doctoral and postdoctoral students.