Former Director

The NPC is directed by H. Luke Shaefer, Associate Professor of Social Work and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, whose research focuses on social safety net programs such as TANF, SNAP and Unemployment Insurance, low-wage work, and extreme poverty. Shaefer’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and numerous foundations. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and has presented his research at the White House, the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His research has been recognized with awards from AcademyHealth, The Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Society for Social Work and Research. His recent book (with Edin), $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, was named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 and received the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism.