Laurie C. Maldonado is a scholar on single-parent families in the U.S. and across countries. She is a research associate at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and is affiliated with LIS Cross-National Data Center. Her research informs policies and programs designed to improve the lives of single parents and their families.
Dr. Maldonado received a PhD grant awarded by Luxembourg National Research Fund, which supported her dissertation Doing Better for Single-Parent Families: Policy and Poverty in 45 Countries. This global study examined the effectiveness of child support, child benefit, paid leave, public childcare, and working time regulation polices to reduce poverty among families.
With Rense Nieuwenhuis of the Swedish Institute for Social Research, Dr. Maldonado co-authored publications featured in Community, Work, and Family Journal and Belgian Social Security Review. Their work was nominated 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. Their chapter in the Handbook of Research on In-Work Poverty addresses working single parents whose families remain below the poverty threshold despite their earnings from employment. They are co-editors of The Triple Bind of Single-Parent Families, forthcoming from Policy Press in 2018.
With Tim Casey of Legal Momentum, Dr. Maldonado co-authored 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. This study received media coverage from The Nation, Bill Moyers, The New York Times,the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Forbes, on the radio station WBAI, and on Al Jazeera International English.
Prior to her academic life, Dr. Maldonado was a social worker in community-based organizations that served women and children in poverty. She holds a MSW and PhD in social welfare at UCLA.