For Immediate Release

February 26, 2009

New York, NY – Jane Waldfogel, Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs at the Columbia University School of Social Work, has been appointed a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Waldfogel collaborates on several research projects at CASE.  Her current research includes a study of the consequences of Britain’s war on poverty and a study of income-related gaps in cognitive and behavioral aspects of school readiness in the US and UK.  In addition to her research projects, Waldfogel provides consultation to the UK government.  She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Evaluation of Sure Start and a member of the academic reference group for the UK Cabinet Office social mobility review.

Waldfogel has written extensively about the impact of public policies on child and family well-being. She has studied work-family policies, inequality in early childhood care and education, and the black-white achievement gap. Her books include: Steady Gains and Stalled Progress: Inequality and the Black-White Test Score Gap (Russell Sage Foundation, 2009); 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). She has published more than a hundred articles in leading academic journals, including American Educational Research Journal, American Sociological Review, Child Development, Demography, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Monthly Labor Review, and Pediatrics.

Waldfogel received her PhD in public policy from Harvard University. During the 2008-09 academic year, she is the Marion Cabot Putnam Memorial Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, where she is writing a book on Britain’s war on poverty.

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