H. Luke Shaefer

Associate Professor of Social Work

H. Luke  Shaefer

Luke Shaefer's research focuses on the effectiveness of the United States’ social safety net in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families.

His recent work explores rising levels of extreme poverty in the United States, the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on material hardships, barriers to unemployment insurance faced by vulnerable workers, and strategies for increasing access to oral health care in the United States.

Shaefer is further interested in non-profit management, particularly the economics of social service administration. He has significant non-profit program management experience and has served as board president for a public foundation and an education nonprofit.

Research Interests/Focus

Social safety net, low-wage workers, economically disadvantage families, non-profit management

Education

Year Degree   School
2008 PhD Social Service Administration University of Chicago, Illinois
2005 MA Social Service Administration University of Chicago, Illinois
2001 BA Politics Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Shaefer, H. L., & Evangelist, M. (2014). Families at risk, report II: The impact of the 2011 changes to Michigan's unemployment insurance program on unemployed workers and their families. Report for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project.

Shaefer, H. L., Song, X., & Williams Shanks, T. R. (2013). Do single mothers use the Earned Income Tax Credit to reduce unsecured debt? Review of Economics of the Household, 11(4), 659-680.

Aksu, M., Phillips, E., & Shaefer, H. L. (2013). US dental school deans' attitudes toward mid-level providers. Journal of Dental Education, 77(11), 1469-1476.

Phillips, E. & Shaefer, H. L. (2013). Dental therapists and irreversible restorative dental procedures: A comprehensive review of the evidence on technical competence and quality of care. Journal of Dental Research, 92(7 suppl), S11-S15.

Shaefer, H. L., & Edin, K. (2013). Rising extreme poverty in the United States and the response of means-tested transfers. Social Service Review, 87(2), 250-268.

Shaefer, H. L. & Gutierrez, I. (2013). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and material hardships among low-income households with children. Social Service Review, 87(4), 753-779.

Shaefer, H. L., & Ybarra, M. (2012). The welfare reforms of the 1990s and the stratification of material well-being among low-income households with children. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1810-1817.

Gould-Werth, A., & Shaefer, H. L. (2012). Participation in unemployment insurance: Difference in application rates and receipt among applicants by education and race and ethnicity. Monthly Labor Review, 135(10), 28-41.

Shaefer, H. L., & Edin, K. (2012). Extreme Poverty in the United States: 1996 to 2011. National Poverty Center Policy Brief, 28.

Shaefer, H. L. (2012). Families at risk: the impact of the 2011 changes to unemployment insurance on Michigan's unemployed families and children. Report for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project.

Shaefer, H. L. & Boudreaux, T. (2012). Private charitable giving during economic slowdowns: Shrinking resources or a growing sector? Families in Society, 93(1), 5-10.

Shaefer, H. L., Tetrick, R., & Phillips, E. (2011). Could a mid-level dental provider increase access to oral health care in Michigan? Michigan Journal of Public Health, 5(1), 53-84.

Hill, H. D., & Shaefer, H. L. (2011). Covered today, sick tomorrow? Trends and correlates of children’s health insurance instability. Medical Care Research and Review, 68(5), 523-536.

Shaefer, H. L., & Miller, M. (2011). Improving access to oral health care services among underserved populations in the US: Is there a role for mid-level dental providers? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22(3), 740-744.

Shaefer, H. L., Grogan, C. M., & Pollack, H. A. (2011). Who transitions from private to public health insurance? Lessons from expansions of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22(1), 359-370.

Sammons, E. D., Shaefer, H. L., & Ybarra, M. (2011). The Children’s Bureau and the passage of the Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921: Early social work macro practice in action. Families in Society, 92(4), 358-363.

Shaefer, H. L., Grogan, C. M., & Pollack, H. A. (2011). Transitions from private to public health coverage among children: Estimating effects on out-of-pocket medical costs and health insurance premium costs. Health Services Research, 46(3), 840-858.

Shaefer, H. L. & Wu, L. (2011). Unemployment insurance and low-educated single working mothers before and after welfare reform. Social Service Review, 85(2), 205-228.

Shaefer, H. L. (2010). Identifying key barriers to unemployment insurance for disadvantaged workers in the United States. Journal of Social Policy, 39(3), 439-460.

Shaefer, H. L. (2010). [Review of the book Minimum wages]. Journal of Social Policy, 39(3), 330-332.

Shaefer, H. L. (2010). Nonstandard work and economic crisis: What changes should we expect? Journal of Poverty: Innovations on Social, Political and Economic Inequalities, 14(1), 17-32.

Shaefer, H. L., DeLand, M., & Jones, T. R. (2010). Leading collaborations: Creating strategic alliances, strategic restructuring via mergers, acquisitions, and integration. In K. A. Agard (Ed.), Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Shaefer, H. L., & Sammons, E. (2009). The development of an unequal social safety net: A case study of the employer-based health insurance (non) system. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 36(3), 179-199.

Shaefer, H. L. (2009). Part-time workers: Key differences between primary and secondary wage earners. Monthly Labor Review, 132(10), 3-15.

Shaefer, H. L. (2008). [Review of Reshaping the American workforce in a changing economy]. Social Service Review, 82(4), 759-762.

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