University of Wisconsin–Madison

National Poverty Fellows Program

Current National Poverty Fellows

Melody Harvey

National Poverty Fellow

Melody Harvey has a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include consumer, social and higher education policies as they affect economically vulnerable Americans. Harvey’s dissertation examined the impacts of state-mandated financial education on high-cost borrowing and postsecondary education decisions. Harvey is a fellow at ACF-OPRE and is being mentored by IRP Affiliate and Associate Professor of Consumer Science J. Michael Collins.

Kathleen Moore

National Poverty Fellow

Kathleen Moore has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Utah. Her research interests include low-income housing and homelessness policy. Moore’s dissertation estimated discrimination rates for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders through a multi-city online experiment. Moore is a fellow at ACF-OPRE and is being mentored by IRP Affiliate and Professor of Social Work Daniel Meyer.

Megan Reid

National Poverty Fellow

Megan Reid earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011 and worked as a Project Director at the National Development and Research Institutes before beginning her position as a National Poverty Fellow. Her research focuses on social inequalities, families, housing, and disaster. In her dissertation, she focused on analyzing the experiences of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina and developed the concept of temporal domination to explain how time structures social inequalities. Her most recent project focuses on understanding parenting and partnering among low-income Black couples in New York City. In a recent article she identified the “vetting and letting” process of cohabiting step family formation. Megan is a fellow at OPRE-ACF and is mentored by IRP Director Lawrence Berger.