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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.


Year Degree   School
1978 PhD Sociology Boston University, Boston, MA
1973 MS Sociology Boston University, Boston, MA
1971 AB Sociology Boston University, Boston, MA
Year Description
2009 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Scholar in Residence, March-April, 2009
2006 Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Excellence in Research Award 2006
2006-2007 "Evaluation of the Jobs, Education, and Training (JET) Program," Corporation for a Skilled workforce and The Joyce Foundation, $105,543 (Principal Investigator)
2006 Invited to present Testimony, Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Human Services
2004-2005 "Maternal Depression and Child Well-being after Welfare Reform: An analysis of the Women's Employment Study," The Annie E. Casey Foundation, $52,000 (Co-Principal Investigator)
2004-2005 "Evaluating the New Start Employment Project: Transitional Jobs for Ex-Offenders," The Joyce Foundation, $111,502 (Principal Investigator with Anthony Mallon)
2002-2004 "Factors Affecting Job Stability Among Current and Former Welfare Recipients," J. D. and C. T. MacArthur Foundation, $150,000 (Co-Principal Investigator)
2002-2006 "How are Current and Former Welfare Recipients Faring? Effects of a Recession," C.S. Mott Foundation, $500,000 (Principal Investigator)
2002-2004 "The Women's Employment Study: Work and Well-being 5 Years After Welfare Reform," Joyce Foundation, $550,000 (Co-Principal Investigator)
2002-2003 Member, National Association of Social Work Blue Ribbon Panel on Economic Security
2000 Chair, UM Provost's Committee on Faculty Compensation Guidelines
2000-2005 "From Welfare to Jobs and Independence," Joyce Foundation, $528,752 (Co-Principal Investigator)
1997-present Invited member, Welfare Advisory Committee for United States General Accounting Office
1996 Issue Editorial Advisor, The Future of Children
1995 General Assistance Study featured on ABC Nightline News, CNN, Business Week, Newsday, New York Times, Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Los Angeles Times, Wisconsin Public Radio.
1995 Editor, Special Issue, Children and Youth Services Review
1990-1994 Appointed Associate Editor, Journal of Family Issues
1985 Appointed to NIH Scientific Review Group
1983-1991 Appointed to Editorial Board of journal, Qualitative Sociology
1979 Research Honorarium, UW-Madison Women's Studies Research Center
1972-1977 Pre-doctoral traineeship, Health Resources Administration, National Institutes of Health
1972 N.D.E.A. fellowship
1971 Phi Beta Kappa
1971 Teaching fellowship

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