Luke Shaefer is is the co-author, with Kathryn Edin, of $2.00 A Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book was awarded the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and was shortlisted for the Robert F Kennedy Book Award. The New York Times Book Review called $2.00 A Day,”A remarkable book that could very well change the way we think about poverty in the United States.”
Luke is the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy and Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is also a professor of social work and the inaugural director of Poverty Solutions.
Luke’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau among other sources and he was named as a Carnegie Scholar His work is regularly cited in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, and he is frequently interviewed on radio and television, as well.
Luke’s current project, The Injustice of Place, written with Kathryn Edin and Timothy Nelson, was published by Mariner in 2023.