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Dec 21, 2017
As part of the US Collaborative of Poverty Centers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Poverty Research and Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth invite applications for the second annual Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop. The workshop will be held at Howard University in Washington, DC, from May 20–26, 2018. The workshop is aimed at pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations who are studying topics related to poverty or inequality in the United States. Funding for travel, meals, and lodging at Howard University (for students residing outside of the DC area) will be provided to 12 successful applicants. Applications are due January 31, 2018. More information can be found here.
Nov 27, 2017
Call for Proposals for Research to Inform Child Support Policies and Programs
The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is requesting proposals to fund research to improve child support operations and policies. IRP anticipates funding four to eight projects, with total funding ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each. PhD holding scholars at all career stages are invited to apply. More information may be found here, and proposals may be submitted here. UKCPR is a member of IRP's Collaborative of Poverty Centers.
Nov 14, 2017
James Ziliak to Discuss the Rural-Urban Divide November 29
James Ziliak will participate in a webinar discussing the economic, labor force, and social welfare implications of America's rural-urban divide. The webinar, based on an issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science co-edited by Ziliak, will also feature Cornell University sociologist Dan Lichter as well as Shannon Monnat, a public health policy researcher at Syracuse University, and Mark Partridge, a development economist at The Ohio State University. The webinar will be from 12:00-1:00 PM EST on November 29. Registration, and more information, may be found here.
Aug 17, 2017
James Ziliak's Work on Senior Hunger featured in the Washington Post
James Ziliak's work on senior hunger, co-authored with Craig Gundersen, was recently featured on the Washington Post. The article discusses recent trends in food insecurity for people over 60. The report finds that rates of food insecurity have remained persistently high following the Great Recession, and that the recovery's effects seem to be the weakest for older Americans. "There was no significant decline in seniors 'facing hunger,'" said Ziliak. "This rate has been stubbornly stuck." For more information, the article may be found here, and the full senior hunger report may be found here. The supplement to the main report may be found here, and a report detailing the health consequences of senior hunger may be found here.
Photo Credit: Feeding America
Aug 01, 2017
James Ziliak Co-Authors Report on Food Insecurity on College Campuses
James Ziliak and co-authors have published a report assessing food insecurity on college campuses. The report, released through the Urban Institute, examines food insecurity rates of households with students attending college. The authors find that food insecurity rates among households with students enrolled in 4-year colleges and vocational education were comparable with national rates, but that food insecurity rates of households with students enrolled in two-year colleges was higher after the 2008 recession than in 2015. More information, along with the full report, may be found here.
Jul 12, 2017
Op-ed by James Ziliak Featured on the Huffington Post
An op-ed written by James Ziliak was recently featured on the Huffington Post. The article, "SNAP Works", discusses the effectiveness of SNAP as public assistance program in light of recently proposed legislation designed to limit spending on public assistance. The “Welfare Reform and Upward Mobility Act” by Congressman Jim Jordan and Senator Mike Lee is designed to curtail spending on SNAP and increase work requirements for recipients. Ziliak argues these work requirements put excessive burden on single parent households and are "based on the false premise that too many [households with children] are receiving benefits for too long and without work. The evidence does not support this claim." The full article may be read here.
Photo credti: Huffington Post
Jul 06, 2017
James Ziliak Co-Edits Volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
A new volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, co-edited by James Ziliak of UKCPR, is now available. The volume (Vol 672, Issue 1) is titled "The Rural-Urban Interface: New Patterns of Spatial Interdependence and Inequality in America," and examines the disparities in inequality, and social, economic, and political hierarchies between rural and urban America. The volume, based on a conference co-organized by UKCPR in 2016, also documents the fluidity of rural-urban boundaries and the implications for research programs and public policy. More information about the volume may be found here.
Photo credit: The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Jun 22, 2017
UKCPR is co-organizing the conference "Deep Poverty in the United States" with the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty and the Urban Institute, June 27-28, 2017, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. The conference is designed to identify those in deep poverty and the issues they face. The conference allows researchers and practitioners interested in poverty issues to form connections and identify possible opportunities and implications for policy, practice, and research. For more information, please see the attached agenda.
Jun 01, 2017
UKCPR Announces Grantees for Research on Food Security Using the PSID
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and Food and Nutrition Service, is pleased to announce the competitive awarding of five grants totaling $200,000 for the study of household food insecurity using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). This initiative focuses on economic analyses of longitudinal household food insecurity and its links to food assistance program participation, work, income, consumption, health, and wealth. More information about the funded projects may be found here.
May 24, 2017
James Ziliak Discusses the Trump Budget Proposal on the Safety Net
James Ziliak was recently featured on Marketplace, Vox, and The New York Times discussing President Trump's budget proposal stipulations for safety net programs. The President's budget plan includes cuts of $191 billion in SNAP benefits over the next decade, and would include work requirements for programs like Medicaid. On Marketplace, Ziliak discusses how work requirements might affect families in parts of the country where unemployment is still high. "If you impose a work requirement but there aren't really many jobs available, then that's kind of a double whammy," Ziliak said. Ziliak also notes the responsiveness of SNAP to recessions in Vox, and its importance as an automatic stabilizer. The New York Times quotes Ziliak's findings on the effectiveness of the Appalachian Regional Commission in reducing poverty, a program eliminated under the budget proposal. To listen to the Marketplace report, please click here. To read the full article on Vox, please click here. For The New York Times article, please click here.
Photo Credit: Vox.com
May 22, 2017
The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has published a funding opportunity announcement for grants to support dissertation research by doctoral students using behavioral science approaches to study questions related to social services programs and policies. These grants are intended to build the capacity of the research field to apply a behavioral science lens to issues facing low-income families and other vulnerable groups in the United States.
The grants are available to scholars who are engaged in behavioral science research of relevance to ACF programs and populations. The maximum grant award is $25,000 per budget period, for either a 12- or 24-month project period. Letters of intent are due by June 7, 2017 with full applications due July 3, 2017. Details on submission, as well as suggestions for potential research topics, may be found here. Interested applications may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (877)-350-5913.
May 17, 2017
James Ziliak to Discuss the Merits of a Targeted Child Safety Net
James Ziliak will participate in a webinar to discuss a proposal that would convert the nonrefundable Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to a refundable credit from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT on Wednesday, May 17th. The webinar is a part of the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty Webinar Series. James will participate alongside Christopher Wimer of Columbia University's Center on Poverty and Social Policy, who will discuss a plan for a Universal Child Allowance. Registration for the webinar is open now, and more information on the webinar can be found here.
Photo Credit: UW IRP
May 04, 2017
Robert Paul Hartley Joins The Center on Poverty and Social Policy
Robert Paul Hartley, a current UKCPR Graduate Research Fellow, will join The Center on Poverty and Social Policy, a new research center at the Columbia University School of Social Work, as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the fall. The CPSP is a member of the Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) organized by the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty, of which UKCPR is also a member. CPSP recently launched its website, which showcases work focusing on poverty and social policy issues in New York City and the United States, providing unique data, policy tools, and research products for policy makers and researchers.
Photo Credit: CPSP-Columbia University.
Mar 07, 2017
TANF turns 20
A group of the nation's leading experts on welfare reform recently participated in a conference hosted by UKCPR and the Brookings Center on Children and Families. Analysts, policymakers, and practitioners gathered to discuss how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 changed the welfare landscape, and what the future of TANF might entail. Participants discussed the impact of welfare reform on caseloads and overall levels of assistance, and analyzed how successful TANF has been at promoting two parent families and incentivizing work. More information about the conference, along with a brief summary, can be found here.
Feb 03, 2017
Call for Summer Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop applications
As part of the US Collarborative of Poverty Centers, the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Poverty Research and Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth invite applications from underrepresented populations to apply for the first annual Summer Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop. The workshop will be held May 21-27, 2017, at Howard University and is aimed at pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences. It will be led by faculty from Howard University and the Institute for Poverty Research at UW-Madison. Applications are due March 1, 2017. More information can be found here.
Jan 13, 2017
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and Food and Nutrition Service, seeks research proposals on food security using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Research funded competitively under this announcement will focus on economic analyses of longitudinal household food insecurity and its links to food assistance program participation, work, income, consumption, health, and wealth. It is anticipated that 5 grants at $40,000 each will be awarded.
Prospective researchers are encouraged to submit a letter of intent to UKCPR by Feb. 22, 2017, with full proposals due by March 29, 2017, at 5 p.m. For details on submission, suggestions for potential research questions, and proposal guidelines see the full request for proposals. Interested researchers may also contact UKCPR assistant director Jeff Spradling at email@example.com or 859-257-7641 for more information.
Dec 19, 2016
Call for Scholar-in-Residence Applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, in collaboration with the US Collaborative of Poverty Centers (CPC) partner institutions, is now inviting applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations to apply for its Scholar-in-Residence Program for the 2017– 2018 academic year. Ph.D.-holding scholars at all career levels are eligible, and may visit UCKPR or any one of its CPC partners. More information may be found here.
Dec 13, 2016
James Ziliak's Congressional testimony featured in U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture report
James Ziliak's Congressional testimony was featured in the just released U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture report, "Past, Present, and Future of SNAP." The purpose of the report is to provide a better understanding of how the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) utilizes benefits to serve its population. More information can be found here.
Photo credit: U.S. Committee on Agriculture
Dec 13, 2016
UKCPR National Welfare Database Updated
Nov 22, 2016
James Ziliak featured on Vox.com
Sep 22, 2016
UKCPR to co-organize 20th anniversary of welfare reform conference with Brookings Institution
On September 22, 2016, UKCPR will be co-organizing and co-sponsoring a series of panels with the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution on the effects of welfare reform on child well-being, marriage and families, work and poverty, and state policy choices. The event will be webcast, with former Domestic Policy Adviser for President Clinton Bruce Reed and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich providing keynote speeches. More information can be found here.
Photo Credit: Brookings Institution
Sep 19, 2016
UKCPR partners with IRP to study poverty
UKCPR has been awarded a five year, $443,202 grant as part of the Collaborative of U.S. Poverty Centers (CUSPC) organized by the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin. Underwriting for the award is provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which established the IRP as the new National Poverty Research Center. The funds will enable UKCPR to conduct research and organize conferences on deep poverty, self-sufficiency, and rural poverty, among other topics. Other CUSPC members include the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University, the Center on Race and Wealth at Howard University, and the University of Washington West Coast Poverty Center. For more information, please see the IRP press release here.
Sep 09, 2016
UKCPR receives USDA grant for research on food insecurity using the PSID
UKCPR has received a $300,000 grant from the Economic Research Service in the US Department of Agriculture to sponsor and conduct longitudinal research on food insecurity in the United States using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, the longest continuously running longitudinal survey in the world. A request for proposals will be released later in fall 2016.