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Colleen Heflin is a professor of public administration and international affairs in the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She is also a senior research associate at the Syracuse Center for Policy Research. Colleen’s work incorporates methods from a range of social sciences to analyze social stratification, with a research interest in welfare policy and its impact on the well-being of the poor. Her research projects have looked at how shocks to families, such as unemployment and becoming disabled, affect material hardship. She has also analyzed changes in utilization of public assistance since the Great Recession and how material hardship has affected marriage trends. Colleen has published her work extensively in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Family Issues, Children and Youth Services Review, and Social Problems. In 2019, she has published five papers -- with three more accepted for publication -- on topics such as child nutrition and health, the impact of SNAP benefits on childhood asthma, and the link between disability and food insecurity. Visit Colleen’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.