Experts

Social Policy Experts

Professor
Expertise: Social Policy

Rachel Gordon's research broadly aims to measure and model the contexts of children and families' lives, often using longitudinal data sets.

Professor

Robert Kaestner researches health economics and has devoted much of his study to the impact of health policy on health outcomes. He is a professor in the Department of Economics in Chicago and holds affiliate positions with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Urban Institute and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

Professor and Head, Department of Sociology
Expertise: Social Policy

Maria Krysan is professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Chicago. She is an expert on survey methods, focusing her research on racial residential segregation and attitudes toward race. She leads IGPA's Race and Inequality policy initiative.

Associate Professor

Darren Lubotsky’s research falls within two broad areas: the American labor market and the health and cognitive development of children. Some of his recent projects study the impact of rising health insurance premiums on public-sector compensation, the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on employment, and the economic status of immigrants in the United States.

Associate Professor

Elizabeth T. Powers has conducted research on the incentive effects of public insurance programs, the effects of child health on maternal labor supply, employment effects of the minimum wage, and the caregiver labor market. Ongoing research projects are in the areas of children’s cognitive development, U.S.-Mexican migration, child support policy, work disability and the Disability Insurance program, and long-term care facilities.

Professor
Expertise: Social Policy

Amanda Lewis' research focuses on how race shapes educational opportunities and how our ideas about race get negotiated in everyday life. She is the author of several books including (with John Diamond) Despite the Best Intentions: Why racial inequality persists in good schools (Oxford, 2015) and Race in the Schoolyard: Negotiating the Color-line in Classrooms and Communities (2003).

Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program
Expertise: Social Policy

Catherine Main is a senior lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her clinical and research interests focus on developing early childhood educators to serve in under-resourced, urban environments.

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Licensure Programs and Technology
Expertise: Social Policy

Kathleen M. Sheridan is an associate professor in the department of Educational Psychology. Some of her research interests include early math literacy, professional development for early childhood teachers and caregivers, online learning and course development in higher education, and teacher presence in online courses. Sheridan has been published in leading academic journals, delivered keynote speeches, and has presented her work at workshops and at national and international conferences. She teaches courses in assessment, child development and constructivist approaches to development.

Expertise: Social Policy

Benjamin M. Superfine is a Professor in the College of Education at UIC, where his research interests center on education law and policy.

Assistant Professor
Expertise: Social Policy

Katherine (Kate) Zinsser is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Community and Prevention Research program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Through her research Kate strives to support the social-emotional well-being and development of young children and their caregivers by conducting applied research that can benefit practice and policy.