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In the News

  • Peffley receives University Research Professorship

    Mark Peffley, professor of Political Science and a UKCPR faculty affiliate, was recently recognized with a 2019-20 University Research Professorship. The award recognizes faculty who have achieved excellence in scholarship or creative work. Peffley, along with UKCPR Director James Ziliak, was one of 16 UK faculty members who received the award.

  • Winners Announced for UKCPR-FNS Food Hardships Grant Competition

    UKCPR is pleased to announce awardees of its competitive grant program Understanding Food-Related Hardships among Older Americans, underwritten by a $1.49 million contract from the Food and Nutrition Service of USDA. We received a large number of excellent proposals, and were only able to fund a limited number. The list of grantees can be found here

  • Bipartisan Solutions to Expanding Economic Opportunity for More Americans

    UKCPR Director James Ziliak participated in a moderated panel at the Aspen Institute on policies to promote economic opportunity for Americans left behind. Ziliak unveiled a series of proposals to both bring rural people to jobs and jobs to rural people. The book is available for free download and a video archive of the panel discussions may be found here.


Robert Moffitt, the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his distinguished and continuing research accomplishments. Robert is a UKCPR research affiliate and recipient of several Center research grants investigating childhood food insecurity and food insecurity’s link to health. A leading international scholar on poverty and means-tested transfer programs, his research spans topics such as labor force participation, income volatility, family structure, and the broader welfare system. Moffitt’s work in the area of childhood poverty led to an appointment by the NAS to the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, which recently released A Roadmap to Reducing Childhood Poverty. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Econometric Society, and Society of Labor Economists. Robert is past president of the Population Association of America and president-elect of SOLE. More about his research can be found at his JHU 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.