Laurie C. Maldonado is a doctoral candidate in Social Welfare at UCLA. She is a predoctoral scholar at Luxembourg Income Study and the Center for Socio-Economic Inequalities at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Laurie’s work is centered on single-parent families in the U.S. and across countries. She hopes to contribute to research that informs policies and programs that will improve the lives of single parents and their families. Laurie is the recipient of the four-year PhD grant awarded by Luxembourg National Research Fund, which supports her dissertation titled Doing Better for Single-Parent Families, a cross-national study that examines the effectiveness of child support, child benefit and tax credits, and work-life policies to reduce poverty among families.

She has co-authored, with Rense Nieuwenhuis from Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI), publications featured in Community, Work, and Family Journal and Belgian Social Security Review. Their joint work was nominated in 2016 for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research and their findings have been featured in reports by the European Union and as part of the UN Millennium Development Goals to eradicate poverty. Nieuwenhuis and Maldonado are currently co-editing a volume with Policy Press, titled The Triple Bind of Single-Parent Families. The volume is comprised of chapters from 20 leading international scholars. The book will present the latest empirical research on single-parent families in OECD countries and will advance the research on the interplay between policies and a variety of socio-economic outcomes.

Laurie’s first piece was co-authored, with Tim Casey from Legal Momentum, titled Worst Off: Single-Parent Families in the United States: A Cross-National Comparison of Single-Parenthood in the U.S. and Sixteen Other High-Income Countries. The study made an important contribution towards understanding the difficult plight of single parents in the U.S. as mostly due to the lack of social polices and protections that are otherwise offered in other high-income countries. The study received media attention in The Nation, by Bill Moyers, in the New York Times, by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, in Forbes, on the radio station WBAI, and on the television Al Jazeera International English.

Laurie has taught a two course series on social welfare policy courses to MSW students at Silberman School of Social Work Hunter College. Prior to her academic life, Laurie was a social worker in community-based organizations that served women and children in poverty.