Former Director

Sheldon H. Danziger is the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, professor emeritus of public policy, research professor emeritus at the Population Studies Center, and president of the Russell Sage Foundation. He is author and co-editor of numerous books and articles including: America Unequal; Detroit Divided; Understanding Poverty; Securing the Future: Investing in Children From Birth To College; Child Poverty and Deprivation in the Industrialized Countries; Working and Poor: How Economic and Policy Changes are Affecting Low-Wage Workers and The Price of Independence: The Economics of Early Adulthood; Legacies of the War on Poverty.

Professor Danziger’s research focused on welfare reform, and on the effects of economic, demographic, and public policy changes on trends in poverty and inequality. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Former Director of the National Poverty Center, and Former Director of the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy. Professor Danziger received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.