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What was your previous position and where?I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
What brought you to LSU?I was drawn to the School of Social Work by the strength of the multidisciplinary faculty in the area of poverty research and initiatives, as well as the potential for collaboration in this area.
What is your research interest?My primary research area is poverty, specifically measuring the effectiveness of antipoverty policies and programs on children and families. I have been publishing in the area of welfare reform, the earned income tax credit, demography and income inequality, as well as on financial literacy.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to continue to build the research and teaching capacity in the area of poverty and social policy. Particularly, I hope to influence state and federal policy in the areas of child poverty, income inequality and predatory lending.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?What I enjoy most about LSU are its people and beautiful surroundings. I enjoy working with a team of collegial faculty and staff from whom I sense a genuine commitment to building a healthy community and to promoting the well-being of its citizens.
What are your major accomplishments?I cannot claim to have any accomplishments until I achieve the goals stated for, “What I hope to accomplish at LSU.”