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Kristin Seefeldt

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work.

Assistant Research Scientist, Population Studies Center.

Assistant Professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist, University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Seefeldt's primary research interests lie in exploring how low-income individuals understand their situations, particularly around issues related to work and economic well-being. She is the author of Working After Welfare (W.E. Upjohn Institute Press), which discusses employment advancement and work-family balance challenges as experienced by former welfare recipients. Currently, she is conducting research on families financial coping strategies during an economic downturn and is a Principal Investigator of a survey examining the effects of the recession and recovery policies on individuals well-being.

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Seefeldt, Kristin, and John Graham. 2013. America’s Poor and the Great Recession. Bloomington : Indiana University Press. Abstract. Public Access.

Seefeldt, Kristin. 2008. Working after welfare: how women balance jobs and family in the wake of welfare reform. Kalamazoo: W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Journal Articles

Seefeldt, Kristin. Forthcoming. "Waiting it out: Time, action, and the process of securing benefits." Qualitative Social Work. DOI. Abstract.

Danziger, Sandra K., Sheldon H. Danziger, Kristin Seefeldt, and H. Luke Shaefer. 2016. "From Welfare to a Work-Based Safety Net: An Incomplete Transition." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 35(1): 231-238. DOI. Abstract.

Danziger, Sandra K., Sheldon H. Danziger, Kristin Seefeldt, and H. Luke Shaefer. 2016. "Increasing Work Opportunities and Reducing Poverty Two Decades after Welfare Reform." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 35(1): 241-244. DOI.

Seefeldt, Kristin, and Heather Sandstrom. 2015. "When There Is No Welfare: The Income Packaging Strategies of Mothers Without Earnings or Cash Assistance Following an Economic Downturn." Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 1(1): 139-158. Abstract. Public Access.

Seefeldt, Kristin. 2015. "Constant Consumption Smoothing, Limited Investments, and Few Repayments: The Role of Debt in the Financial Lives of Economically Vulnerable Families." Social Service Review, 89(2): 263-300. DOI. Abstract.

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