Jane Waldfogel

Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work for the Prevention of Children's and Youth Problems

Bio:

Jane Waldfogel is a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.  Waldfogel received her Ph.D. in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has written extensively on the impact of public policies on child and family well-being.  Her books include: Britain’s War on Poverty (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010); Steady Gains and Stalled Progress: Inequality and the Black-White Test Score Gap (Russell Sage Foundation, 2008); What Children Need (Harvard University Press, 2006); Securing the Future: Investing in Children from Birth to College (Russell Sage Foundation, 2000); and The Future of Child Protection: How to Break the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect (Harvard University Press, 1998). Her current research includes studies of work-family policies, improving the measurement of poverty, and understanding social mobility across countries.

Research Interests:

  • The impact of public policies on child and family well-being
  • Poverty, inequality, and social mobility

Current Grants & Projects:

  • Work-Family Policies and Child and Family Well-Being
  • Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing
  • A Family-Based Economic Empowerment Model for Orphaned Children in Uganda