Luke Shaefer is associate professor of Social Work and Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is the director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an interdisciplinary, university-level initiative that seeks to inform, identify, and test innovative strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty.
He 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’s work has been cited in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, National Review, the Nation, CNN, the New Republic, the Detroit Free Press, and MSNBC. His research focuses on the effectiveness of public programs in the U.S. in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families. He has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He recently received the 2013 Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award, given by the Society for Social Work and Research.