University of Wisconsin–Madison

Maretta McDonald

National Poverty Fellow

Maretta McDonald

Maretta McDonald has been selected as a National Poverty Fellow for 2022–2023 and will be in residence at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). McDonald is a 2021–2022 American Sociological Association (ASA) Minority Fellow and a member of the inaugural 2021–2022 cohort of ASA/NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant awardees. Her current research interests are racial inequality, criminology/criminal justice, family, gender, spatial analyses, and public policy. Her dissertation, “Examining Child Support Enforcement in the Deep South: An Analysis of Race, Gender, Class, and Place,” examines the association of the agency’s policies and practices with macrolevel spatial and racial inequality, which brings all these areas into conversation with each other. McDonald also brings a practitioner’s lens to her research. She worked as a Child Support Enforcement officer and supervisor before entering graduate school. McDonald has successfully defended her dissertation and will be graduating from Louisiana State University with her Ph.D. in sociology in Spring 2022. McDonald will be mentored by IRP Affiliate Sarah Halpern-Meekin.