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Craig Gundersen is the soybean industry endowed professor of agricultural strategy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and distinguished professor in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics.  Craig’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of food insecurity and evaluations of food assistance programs, as well as policy to reduce food insecurity. His research looks at hunger among both children and seniors. He is co-author with James Ziliak, UKCPR director, of the annual State of Senior Hunger report, published by Feeding America. According to Google Scholar, Craig’s work has been cited more than 1,900 times in since 2018. His recent publications include reports in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Journal of the Social Sciences. Visit Craig’s faculty page.


Mission Statement

The University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit academic research center established in 2002. Our research informs evidence-based policy on the causes, consequences, and correlates of poverty, inequality, and food insecurity in the United States.

UKCPR is a member of the Collaborative of Poverty Centers sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with underwriting from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The other member poverty centers are located at Columbia UniversityHoward University, Stanford University, University of California-Davis, University of California-Irvine, University of Michigan, and University of Washington. The goal of the CPC is to improve the effectiveness of public policies to reduce poverty and inequality and their impacts on the well-being of the American people.