Center Associate Director
Institute for Research on Poverty
University of Wisconsin–Madison
HILARY SHAGER is the Associate Director for Programs and Management at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), the nation’s sole federally funded poverty research center. At IRP, she oversees day-to-day operations of the Institute, conducts social policy research, and manages research and data sharing contracts with Wisconsin state agencies and in service of IRP’s Wisconsin Administrative Data Core. From 2014 to 2018, she served as the Associate Director of the UW La Follette School of Public Affairs, responsible for administrative oversight of the school’s activities; educational programming; and teaching professional development, evidence based policymaking, and program evaluation. While at La Follette, she also directed the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and Committee Connect, outreach programs with the Wisconsin State Legislature. Previously, she worked as a research analyst at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, where she designed and conducted evaluations of the state’s early care and education, child welfare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and child support programs. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she received her Ph.D. in public policy with a minor in education sciences in 2012, and her Master of Public Affairs in 2005. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught high school and middle school language arts and social studies.