University of Wisconsin–Madison

National Poverty Fellows Program

The National Poverty Fellows (NPF) Program is a federal government-university partnership administered by IRP that seeks to build the capacity of postdoctoral researchers to conduct high-quality policy-relevant research on poverty and inequality in the United States.

Calls for applications are released each September with a late November deadline for fellowships that begin the following academic year. See profiles of current and past fellows.

Current National Poverty Fellows

Melody Harvey

National Poverty Fellow

Melody Harvey is a National Poverty Fellow at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) during the 2018–2019 academic year and is being mentored by IRP Affiliate and Associate Professor of Consumer Science J. Michael Collins. Her research interests include consumer policy, social policy, and higher education policy as they affect economically vulnerable Americans. Her work at OPRE focuses on family economic stability and research methodology. Prior to joining OPRE, she was an assistant policy researcher at RAND Corporation, where she led quantitative analyses on a program evaluation of a permanent supportive housing program and worked on projects concerning financial decision-making, working conditions, and social programs. Melody Harvey has a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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.