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Hope Harvey is an assistant professor in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. Hope is new to the faculty of the Martin School. She received her doctorate in social policy and sociology from Harvard University in 2018 and was a post doctoral researcher at the Cornell Department of Policy Analysis and Management before joining the UK faculty.

Hope’s research focuses on family arrangements, especially for those who live in doubled-up households, and the interplay of poverty and inequality where these arrangements occur. Her recent research published in Social Problems finds that mothers who live as a guest in another’s house deal with issues related to identity and being a good parent. For this research, she interviewed 52 mothers who indicated that their living arrangements were incompatible with their notions of adulthood and family life.

In a 2020 Demography publication, Hope’s research estimated the health and educational attainment effects on children who lived in doubled-up households, including those who live with grandparents, older siblings, and extended families. Her work found that children who lived with extended families had worse outcomes than those who lived with family members.

Hope’s work has been supported by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. Her work appears in journals such as Social Forces, City & Community, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.

Visit Hope’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.