Katherine Magnuson

Director, IRP


Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Katherine A. Magnuson

Katherine Magnuson is the director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the well-being and development of economically disadvantaged children and their families. She examines how disparities in socioeconomic status (SES) affect children’s development, and how these effects may be altered by policies and programs, especially early childhood education programs. She also investigates how maternal education impacts child development.

Katherine Magnuson's Research Interests

  • Socioeconomic status and child development
  • Early education and intervention
  • Welfare reform and family well-being

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