Jane Waldfogel, the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor of Social Work for the Prevention of Children’s and Youth Problems (see bio), has been named the 2018 Margaret Mead Fellow at the American Academy of Political & Social Science (AAPSS). A faculty member at the Columbia School of Social Work since 1995 and a co-director of the Columbia Population Research Center, Dr. Waldfogel is a globally renowned expert on the impact of public policy on child and family well-being.

Dr. Waldfogel’s research focuses on work-family policies, poverty, and social mobility both in the United States and globally. Her most recent book, Too Many Children Left Behind: The U.S. Achievement Gap in Comparative Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015), assesses how social mobility varies in the United States compared with Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Waldfogel is also the author of Britain’s War on Poverty (Russell Sage Foundation, 2010), which provided a ten-year report card on the New Labour government’s anti-poverty agenda, analyzing its dramatic early success (in just five years, Britain cut its one-in-four rate of child poverty in half) and eventual stalled progress, while also providing a comparison to U.S. welfare reform. Reflecting her contribution to poverty studies in Britain, Dr. Walfogel had the distinction of becoming one of the few American scholars to be named a Corresponding Fellow to the British Academy, which happened in 2015. Dr. Waldfogel is a long-time affiliate of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and in 2009 was appointed as a visiting professor there.

Dr. Waldfogel joins five other newly elected AAPSS fellows recognized for their contributions to the advancement of social sciences and the public good. The cohort will be officially inducted into the Academy on May 17, 2018, in Washington, DC, at the AAPSS annual gala dinner.

Established in 1889, AAPSS convenes leading social scientists to connect public policy research to practice. In addition to hosting regular conferences and seminars, AAPSS also publishes interdisciplinary research in its bimonthly journal, The ANNALS.

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