New Frontiers in Poverty Research 2nd Annual Conference - May 19

Sponsored by the Center on Poverty and Social Policy and the Columbia Population Research Center

Thursday, May 19
12:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Columbia School of Social Work, Room C03
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
In between 122
(between 121st and 122nd streets)


Established in 2015, the Center on Poverty and Social Policy within the Columbia School of Social Work invites your participation in its second annual conference, on the theme of new frontiers in poverty research. The agenda consists of three sessions:

SESSION ONE 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
Harnessing the Robin Hood Poverty Tracker to Understand New Dimensions of Poverty in New York City, chaired by Michael Weinstein
Panelists: Christopher Wimer, Vicki Lens, Lorenzo Almada, Sophie Collyer

SESSION TWO 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
New Approaches in the Fight Against Child Poverty, chaired by Michael Laracy
Panelists: James Riccio, Kim Noble, Jane Waldfogel, Allyson Crawford

KEYNOTE SESSION 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Big Picture Directions for Future Research and Policy on the Problem of Poverty, moderated by Irwin Garfinkel
Speakers: Sheldon Danziger and Christopher S. Jencks

About the Keynote Speakers
Sheldon Danziger is the president of the Russell Sage Foundation and Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy Emeritus, University of Michigan, where he directed a research mentorship program for developing the careers of emerging scholars from underrepresented groups. He has written about trends in poverty and inequality, the effects of economic and demographic changes and safety net programs on the poor. Go to full bio.

Christopher S. Jencks is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and an expert on family structure, poverty, and welfare. His recent research deals with school choice and accountability policies, the costs and benefits of economic inequality, the extent to which economic advantages are inherited, and the effects of welfare reform. Go to full bio.

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Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to seeing you on May 19th!

Full Conference Agenda