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* Jeanne Brooks-Gunn
* Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
* Cecilia Conrad
* Greg J. Duncan
* Kathryn Edin
* Paula England
* Nancy Folbre
* Irwin Garfinkel
* Sara McLanahan
* Ronald B. Mincy
* Robert A. Pollak
* Tim Smeeding
* Robert J. Willis
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Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Virginia and Leonard Marx Professor of Child Development and Education and Co-Director of the National Center for Children and Families, Teacher's College, Columbia University. Professor of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. Assesses parental contributions to cognitive development and studies the impact of poverty on child outcomes.

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Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale is a Professor in the program of Human Development and Social Policy and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University. She is a developmental psychologist who studies family process and risk and resilience in children and youth from low-income families.

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Cecilia Conrad

Cecilia A. Conrad is the Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics at Pomona College. Her recent projects include an analysis of trends in the economic status of minority women; a study of the market for science and technology workers; and an exploration of differences in the recruitment practices of minority and non-minority owned companies. Conrad is currently engaged in a study of the causes and consequences of inequality in local public expenditure on children and families.

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Greg J. Duncan

Greg J. Duncan, Professor of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, specializes in statistical analysis of the relationship between public policy, family income, and outcomes for children.

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Kathryn Edin

Kathryn Edin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include poverty and social inequality, urban and community sociology, family and gender, and public policy. Edin is currently involved in several qualitative studies involving low-income families, father involvement in families with young children and families' methods of coping with welfare reform.

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Paula England

Paula England, Network Co-Chair, Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Research Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University, focuses on gender issues. Her research deals with the pay gap between men and women and how this is affected by women's involvement in the work of caring for people in their families and for pay. She is also studying dynamics in married and cohabiting couples and how they are affected by power, gender norms, and emotional skills. England tries to foster dialogue between sociologists, economists, demographers, and feminists.

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Nancy Folbre

Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, explores the interface between economics and feminist theory, focusing on non-market work and the evolution of social institutions governing public support for childrearing.

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Irwin Garfinkel

Irwin Garfinkel is the Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems and chair of the Social Indicators Survey Center at the Columbia University School of Social Work. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific articles and eleven books on poverty, income transfers, program evaluation, and child support. His most recent book is entitled Fathers Under Fire: The Revolution in Child Support Enforcement. His research on child support influenced legislation in Wisconsin and other American states, the US Congress, Great Britain, Australia, and Sweden.

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Sara McLanahan

Sara McLanahan, Professor of Sociology in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, studies the relationship between family structure, income, and child outcomes.

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Ronald Mincy

Ronald B. Mincy, Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, School of Social Work, Columbia University studies the effects of welfare, child support, family support, housing, and employment and training policies and practices on family formation and father involvement. He is currently writing a book on fathers, families and welfare reform and editing a conference volume on the effects of labor market expansion during the 1990s on labor force participation among low-skilled men and implications for welfare re-authorization.

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Robert A. Pollak

Robert A. Pollak, Network Co-Chair, Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, is a microeconomic theorist who develops game-theoretic approaches to family decision making, including domestic violence.

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Timothy Smeeding

Timothy Smeeding, Professor of Economics and Public Administration at Syracuse University, Director of the Center for Policy Research, conducts international comparisons of economic welfare with special attention to income distribution and poverty.

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Robert Willis

Robert J. Willis is Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan where he also Research Scientist at the Institute for Social Research and Research Associate of the Population Studies Center. Before coming to Michigan in 1995, he had served on the faculties of the University of Chicago, SUNY at Stony Brook and Stanford University. Willis is currently the Principal Investigator on a large longitudinal survey, the Health and Retirement Study, which is collecting data on Americans over age 50. He is an authority in the economics of the family, marriage, and fertility, labor economics, human capital and population and economic development.

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Joanne Spitz

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