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Sandra K. Danziger

Edith A. Lewis Collegiate Professor Emerita of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Research Professor Emerita of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy

Sandra K. Danziger
Sandra Danziger is professor of social work and research professor of public policy. Her primary research interests are the effects of public programs and policies on the well-being of disadvantaged families, poverty policy and social service programs, demographic trends in child and family well-being, gender issues across the life course, program evaluation, and qualitative research methods. Her current research examines welfare program approaches to addressing barriers to employment among single mothers. This includes an evaluation of a family support program provided by Starfish Family Services in Inkster, MI. She previously conducted an implementation study of Michigan's Jobs, Education and Training pilot projects. She was Principal Investigator on the Women's Employment Survey and the Implementing Welfare to Work Programs in Michigan study. In the past, Professor Danziger has studied how Michigan's General Assistance welfare recipients fared after Governor Engler terminated this income support program. Another previous study looked at perceived life options and teen motherhood among inner-city youth. Other areas of research/scholarly interest: social welfare policies, social services for families and children, poverty and well-being.

Research Interests/Focus

Child, adolescent, and family policies and programs, effects of welfare reform.

Contact Information

PhoneFaxEmailRoomAddress
(734) 615-4648(734) 763-3372sandrakd@umich.edu4668 SSWBUniversity of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 615-4648(734) 615-8047University of Michigan
Ford School of Public Policy
735 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Education

Year Degree   School
1978 PhD Sociology Boston University, Boston, MA
1973 MS Sociology Boston University, Boston, MA
1971 AB Sociology Boston University, Boston, MA

Allard, S. W., Wathen, M. V., Shaefer, H. L., & Danziger, S. K. (in press). Neighborhood Food Infrastructure and Food Security in Metropolitan Detroit. Journal of Consumer Affairs.

Shanks, T. & Danziger, S. K. (2016). Antipoverty policies and programs for families and children. In J. Jenson & M. Fraser (Eds.), Social Policy for Children and Families: A Risk and Resilience Perspective (3rd ed.).

Lein, L., Danziger, S. K., Shaefer, H. L., & Tillotson, A. (2016). Social Policy, Transfers, Programs and Assistance. In D. Brady & L. Burton (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Garrow, E. E., Danziger, S. K., & Tillotson, A. R. (2015). Shifting sands that threaten policy advocacy for vulnerable children and youth: A case study. Children and Youth Services Review, 53, 211-218.

Allard, S. W., Wathen, M. V. & Danziger, S. K. (2015). Bundling public and charitable supports to cope with the effects of the Great Recession. Social Science Quarterly.

Danziger, S. K., Danziger, S. H., Seefeldt, K. S. & Shaefer, H. L. (2015). From welfare to a work-based safety net: An incomplete transition. point/counterpoint. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 35(1), 231-238.

Danziger, S. K., Seefeldt, K. S., & Shaefer, H. L. (2015). Increasing work opportunities and reducing poverty two decades after welfare reform. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 35(1), 241-244. Wiley Publications.

Allard, S., Danziger, S. K. & Wathen, M. V. (2014). Food assistance during and after the Great Recession in metropolitan Detroit. Institute for Research on Poverty, Discussion Paper No. 1420-14. University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Danziger, S. K., Allard, S. W., Wathen, M. V., Burgard, S. A., Seefeldt, K. S., Rodems, R., & Cohen, A. (2014). Food insecurity in the Detroit Metropolitan Area following the Great Recession. Policy Brief, 34. Ann Arbor, MI: National Poverty Center, University of Michigan.

Danziger, S. K., Wiederspan, J., & Siegel, J. (2013). We're not all deadbeat parents: Welfare recipient voices on unmet service needs. Journal of Poverty, 17(3), 305-330.

Danziger, S. K., Savas, S. A., Rodems, R., & Barnes, C. (2013). Evaluation of the Starfish Family Services' Family Success Program: An antipoverty initiative. Ann Arbor, MI: National Poverty Center, University of Michigan.

Allard, S., Danziger, S. K., & Wathen, M. V. (2012). The receipt of public benefits and private charity among low income households with children after the Great Recession. Policy Brief, 34. National Poverty Center, University of Michigan.

Danziger, S. K., Savas, S. A. & Rodems, R. (2012). Year One and Year Two Process and Evaluation Results: a Focus on Family Success Ladders [Report]. Ann Arbor, MI.

Burgard, S., Danziger, S., Seefeld, K., Allard, S., Danziger, S. K., Engler, T., Gould-Werth, A., Kalousova, L., Pelak, S., & Wathen, M. (2012). Persisting hardships in southeast Michigan after the Great Recession. Policy Brief, 33. National Poverty Center, University of Michigan.

Allard, S., Danziger, S. K., & Wathen, M. V. (2012). The receipt of public benefits and private charity among low income households with children after the Great Recession. Policy Brief, 31. National Poverty Center, University of Michigan.

Danziger, S. K. (2011). [Review of the book Stretched thin: Poor families, welfare work & welfare reform]. Gender and Society, 25(6), 791-793.

Danziger, S. K. (2011). [Review of the book The time use of mothers in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century]. Journal of Economic Literature, 49(4), 1288-1289.

Danziger, S. K. (2010). The decline of cash welfare and implications for social policy and poverty. Annual Review of Sociology, 36, 523-545.

Williams Shanks, T., & Danziger, S. K. (2010). Antipoverty policies and programs for families and children. In J. Jenson & M. Fraser (Eds.) , Social Policy for Children and Families: A Risk and Resilience Perspective (2nd ed.). 25-56. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Danziger, S. K. (2010). [Review of the book The new welfare bureaucrats: Entanglement of race, class & policy reform]. Contemporary Sociology, 39(5), 617-618.

Danziger, S. & Danziger S. K. (2009). The U.S. social safety net and poverty: Lessons learned and promising approaches. In M. J. Bane & R. Zenteno (Eds.), Poverty and Poverty Reduction Strategies: Mexican and International Experience 233-261. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Danziger, S. K. (2009). [Review of the book Destinies of the disadvantaged: The politics of teen childbearing]. Social Service Review, 83(1), 133-136.

Danziger, S. K., & Danziger, S. (2009). Child poverty and antipoverty policies in the United States: Lessons from research and cross-national policies. In S. B. Kamerman, S. Phipps, & J. Ben-Arieh (Eds.), From Child Welfare to Child Well-Being: An International Perspective on Knowledge in the Service of Policy Making 255-292. New York: Springer.

Danziger, S. K. (2009). [Review of the book A framework for understanding poverty]. Social Work, 4, 133-136.

Danziger, S. K., & Staller, K. M. (2008). Social problems: Overview. In T. Mizrahi & L. Davis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th ed.). NASW and Oxford.

Danziger, S. K. & Danziger, S. (2008). Child poverty in economic and public policy contexts. In S. Neuman (Ed.), Educating the Other America: Top Experts Tackle Poverty, Literacy, and Achievement in our Schools 19-34. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.

Danziger, S. K. (2008). [Review of the book Putting poor people to work: How the work-first idea eroded college access for the poor]. Political Science Quarterly, 123(3), 518-519.

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