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Daniel T. Lichter is the Ferris Family professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. He has published widely on topics related to changing patterns in marriage, concentrated poverty, and racial and ethnic patterns in the U.S. His recent published work includes research in the Journal of Marriage and Family, American Sociological Review, and Rural Sociology. In terms of his involvement in public activities, Dan is a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s regional project on Social, Economic and Environmental Causes and Consequences of Demographic Change in Rural America. He also serves on the research advisory board of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Dan was a contributor to the National Academies of Science 2016 volume on The Integration of Immigrants into American Society. Before his faculty appointment at Cornell, he taught at Pennsylvania State University and The Ohio State University. In addition to his extensive publications, Dan has also been cited by other scholars more than 5,000 times in his career, especially in the area of the decline in marriage, interracial marriage, and family structure. Visit Dan’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.