Poverty Forum

Kathryn Edin

Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Edin's research focuses on urban poverty and family life, social welfare, housing policy, child support, non-marital childbearing, and the economic lives of the poor. Books include /Unmarried Couples with Children/ (with Paula England) (2007), /Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage/ (with Maria J. Kefalas) (2005), /Making Ends Meet; How Low Income Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low Wage Work /(with Laura Lein) (1997), and /There's a Lot of Month Left at the End of the Money /(1993).

Forthcoming work includes two new books, /Fragile Fatherhood: What Being a Daddy Means in the Lives of Low Income Men/ (with Timothy Nelson), and /Marginal Men: Work, Policy, and Family Life among Poor Noncustodial Fathers /(with Timothy Nelson and Laura Lein.

Current projects include in-depth qualitative studies of EITC allocations among low and moderate income families in three cities, the Moving to Opportunity and Gautreaux housing mobility programs, which offer special vouchers to allow public housing residents in a variety of U.S. cities the opportunity to move to low poverty neighborhoods. Edin received her MA and PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University and her BA from North Park University in Chicago.


Each member of The Poverty Forum participated as an individual and not as a representative of any association. Their individual support and association with any and all proposals may not reflect the agency for which they work.


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The Poverty Forum is made up of 8 teams who came up with 25 policy proposals addressing domestic poverty. Brief summaries, complete white paper policy proposals, and a press kit can be found on our Resource page.

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