Jennifer Laird is a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Columbia Population Research Center. She received her PhD in sociology in 2016 from the University of Washington. Her research interests include poverty, employment disparities, immigration, and social stratification. She has published in Demography, American Sociological Review, and Social Science Research. Her research on race disparities in public sector employment has been featured in the New York Times and the Boston Globe. She has also co-authored articles about union decline, incarceration, and voter turnout.
At Columbia, Dr. Laird is collaborating with Chris Wimer, Jane Waldfogel, and Irv Garfinkel on projects funded by the Robin Hood Foundation and The JPB Foundation. The Robin Hood Foundation project examines changes in the extent of poverty and hardships among New York City residents over time. The JBP Foundation project uses data from CPRC's historical supplemental poverty project to model the poverty impacts of social and tax policy reforms in the U.S.
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