Sara McLanahan is delighted to announce that Kathryn Edin has agreed to join her as co-director of the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW). Kathy received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University. She has taught at the University of Pennsylvania as well as at Rutgers, Northwestern, Harvard and Johns Hopkins universities. She joined the Princeton faculty in January 2018 as Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs.
Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men, and children. Using these methods, she has addressed questions such as: How do single mothers survive on welfare? Why don’t more mothers go to work? Where are the fathers, and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? How have the lives of single mothers changed as a result of welfare reform? Edin has authored 8 books and numerous journal articles. Her recent book, $2 a Day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America (co-authored with Luke Shaefer), received wide critical acclaim and was included among The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015.
Edin is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, a founding member of the MacArthur Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. In 2014, she was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2017
We welcome Kathy to the CRCW family.