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The National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan was established in the fall of 2002 as a university-based, nonpartisan research center. We conduct and promote multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research, mentor and train emerging scholars, and inform public discourse on the causes and consequences of poverty. The NPC has:

  • Awarded research grants to emerging scholars
  • Conducted large-scale research projects, including the Michigan Recession and Recovery
  • Study (MRRS)
  • Mentored visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows
  • Trained individuals on poverty research and data analysis
  • Engaged nearly 200 research affiliates from institutions across the country
  • Disseminated over 200 working papers and policy briefs
  • Published edited volumes highlighting NPC-supported poverty research

Interim Steering Committee

Click here for current syllabi and reading lists from NPC-affiliated faculty



National Poverty Center
735 S. State Street
Suite 5100
Ann Arbor MI 48109-3091