Luke Shafer, Ph.D.

H. Luke Shaefer, PhD

Director, Poverty Solutions / Associate Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University
of Michigan

Dr. Shaefer’s research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the American Journal of Public Health, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, among other sources. He has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and has consulted with a number of the nation’s largest social service providers as well as numerous community-based agencies. His work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Vox, the LA Times, and Huffington Post, and he has been featured on such programs as “Marketplace” and CNBC’s “Nightly Business Report.” His recent book with Kathryn Edin, “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism. He received his PhD and MA from the University of Chicago and his BA from Oberlin College.