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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.

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
Year Description
2015 Wathen, M. V., Allard, S. & Danziger, S. K. (2015, January). Public benefits, private charity, and informal monetary support in the wake of the Great Recession. ePoster presented at the Society for Social Work and Research. New Orleans, LA.
2013 Allard, S., Danziger, S. K., & Wathen, M. V. (2013, November). Food assistance during and after the Great Recession in metropolitan Detroit. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual research conference, Washington, D.C.
2012 Allard, S. W., Danziger, S. K., & Wathen, M. (2012, November). Public benefits and private supports in Detroit in the wake of the great recession. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual research conference, Baltimore, MD.
2012 Danziger, S. K., Barnes, C., & Rodems, R. (2012. November). Community-based support for coping with hard times: Searching for what works in disadvantaged families. Third Place Prize poster session, Associated for the Public Policy Analysis and Management annual research, Baltimore, MD.
2011 Danziger, S. K. (2011, June). Welfare policy in the U.S.: Lessons from the 1996 welfare reform and the great recession. Presented at joint conference, WZB/Herite School of Governance: Anti-poverty progrems in a global perspective. Berlin, Germany.
2011 Danziger, S. K. (2011, June). Qualitative research with disconnected populations in southeast Michigan. Presented at the 14th annual Welfare Research and Evaluation conference, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
2010 Danziger, S. K. (2010, April). Work group on health of dependents. Facilitator at the Forum of health care of impoverished women in Michigan in an era of health care reform. University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI.
2010 Danziger, S. K., Siegel, J. A., & Wiederspan, J. (2010, January). Reforming welfare reform: Client perspectives. Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research annual conference, San Francisco, CA.
2009 Danziger, S. K. (2009, October). Poverty, the current economy & child abuse & neglect. 28th Annual Michigan Statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Conference. Plymouth, MI.
2009 Danziger, S. K. (2009, October). Single mothers in poverty in Michigan: Barriers to education and employment, lessons from innovative approached. 2009 Trends in Occupational Studies Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
2009 Danziger, S. K. (2009, September). Falling through the safety net: Off welfare but not out of poverty. Panelist at the University of Michigan School of Social Work Continuing Education Workshop, Ann Arbor, MI.
2009 Danziger, S. K. (2009, January). Women & the economy: Obstacles to low income women’s full participation, University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Ann Arbor, MI.
2009 Danziger, S. K. (2009, January). One size fits 20%? Client perspectives on welfare reform. West Coast Poverty Center Seminar, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
2009 Danziger, S. K. (2009, May). Putting research to work: transforming knowledge into effective public policy and employer practice. Presented at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Centennial Symposium, Chicago, IL.
2008 Danziger, S. K. (2008, March). Assessing the implementation of welfare reform. Presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work Retreat, Ann Arbor, MI.
2008 Danziger, S. K. (2008, May). Presenter at the UCLA Department of Social Welfare Doctoral Program Working Papers Colloquium, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 Danziger, S. K. (2008, May). Panelist at the Dartmouth University Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences Centennial Panel on Poverty and Welfare, Hanover, NH.
2008 Danziger, S. K. (2008, October). Child poverty and antipoverty policies in the U.S. Presented at the East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
2008 Danziger, S. K., Wiederspan, J., & Siegel, J. (2008, November). Client assessments of welfare reform. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management 30th Annual Research Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
2008 Danziger, S. K. (2008, November). Child poverty and antipoverty policies in the U.S. Presented at The Robert J. O’Leary Lecture at Ohio State University College of Social Work, Columbus, OH.
2007 Danziger, S. K. (2007, October). Ten years after U.S. welfare reform: Effects for families and lessons for social welfare policies. Keynote speaker at the International Conference at East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China.
2007 Danziger, S. K., Karb, R., & Wiederspan, J. (2007, November). More training options and tougher sanctions in a shrinking economy: Caseworker perceptions of Michigan’s JET Program. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management 29th Annual Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
2007 Henly, J., Ananat, E. O., & Danziger, S. K. (2007, January). Child care subsidies and child care arrangements. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research annual conference, San Francisco, CA.
2007 Mallon, A., Demerjian, S., Phanthai, V., & Danziger, S. K. (2007, January). Transitional employment: A promising model for facilitating employment for individuals with criminal records. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research annual conference, San Francisco, CA.
2007 Danziger, S. K. (2007, January). Should federal cash assistance be provided to permanent residents or undocumented immigrants? Presented at the University of Michigan President's Initiative on Ethics and Public Life forum, Ann Arbor.
2006 Henly, J., Phinney, R., & Danziger, S. K. (2006, November). Child care subsidy receipt and factors inhibiting subsidy use. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, 28th Annual Conference, Madison, WI.
2006 Danziger S. K. (2006, August). Keynote Speaker, Ten years after welfare reform. National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics, Jackson Hole, WY.
2005 Danziger, S. K. (2005, May). All you need is work? Welfare policy and the needs of low income single mother families. Presented at the Fourth Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Invitational Journalism-Work, Family Conference, Boston, MA.
2005 Danziger, S. K., Marsh, S., & Clum, K. (2005, November). Community services after welfare reform: Changing needs, shrinking resources. Presented at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
2005 Danziger, S. K., & Danziger, S. (2005, November). The extent and consequences of health and mental health problems among welfare recipients. Presented at the Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, University of California Berkeley and UC San Francisco, Berkeley, CA.
2005 Danziger, S., & Danziger, S. K. (2005, January). The U.S. social safety net and poverty: Lessons learned and promising approaches. Presented at the Conference on Poverty and Poverty Reduction Strategies: Mexican and International Experiences, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Tecnologico de Monterrey Escuela de Graduados en Administracion Publica y Politica Publica, Monterrey, Mexico.
2005 Danziger, S. K. (2005, May). All you need is work? Welfare policy and the needs of low income single mother families. Presented at the Fourth Annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Invitational Journalism-Work.Family Conference, Boston, MA.
2005 Danziger, S. K., & Danziger, S. (2005, November). The extent and consequences of health and mental health problems among welfare recipients. Presented at the Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, University of California Berkeley and UC San Francisco, Berkeley, CA.
2005 Henly, J. R., Ananat, E., & Danziger, S. K. (2005, November). Multiple child care arrangements and nonstandard employment. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) fall research conference, Washington, D.C.
2005 Kalil, A., Danziger, S. K., Corcoran, M., & Seefeldt, K. (2005, November). Maternal depression and child well-being after welfare reform: Findings from the University of Michigan's Women's Employment Survey. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) fall research conference, Washington, D.C.
2004 Danziger, S. K. (2004, August). After welfare reform: Work and well-being of single mothers. Presented at the Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco, CA.
2003 Danziger, S. K., & Danziger, S. (2003, February). Barriers to the employment of current and former welfare recipients: a review of research lessons and policy challenges. Presented at Russell Sage Foundation Seminar, New York, NY.
2003 Danziger, S. K., & Danziger, S. (2003, March). Barriers to the employment of current and former welfare recipients: a review of research lessons and policy challenges. Presented at the Columbia University School of Public Health, Department Sociomedical Sciences Invited Lecture Series, New York, NY.
2003 Danziger, S. K. (2003, March). U.S. Welfare reform, women's employment, and family well-being. Presented at the Institute of Sociology, Vietnam National Center for Social Sciences and the Humanities, Hanoi, Vietnam.
2003 Danziger, S. K., & Danziger, S. (2003, April). After welfare reform: The work and economic well-being of single mothers. Presented at the Princeton University Office of Population Research, Princeton, NJ.
2002 Marsh, S. K., Seefeldt, K. S., & Danziger, S. K. (2002, August). Barriers to implementation of new approaches to employment services: an interim report. Presented at The National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics 42nd annual workshop, Albuquerque, NM.
2002 Danziger, S. K. (2002, October). Welfare reform's impact on women. Featured speaker at the Annual Research Roundtable, Partners for Hoosier Communities, Indianapolis, IN.
2002 Danziger, S. K., & Danziger, S. (2002, November). Barriers to the employment of current and former welfare recipients: A review of research lessons and policy challenges. Presented at the Columbia University School of Social Work Policy brownbag, New York, NY.
2002 Danziger, S. K. (2002, April). Keynote Speaker, Community Foundation of Greater Flint annual luncheon, Flint, MI.
2001 Danziger, S., Danziger, S. K., & Seefeldt, K. (2001, May). Update on Findings of the Women's Employment Study, Wave 3. Presented at the C.S. Mott Foundation, Flint, MI.
2001 Danziger, S. K., Browning, K., & Oltmans, E. (2001, May). Child care subsidies and child care problems: Effects on the transition from welfare to work. Presented at conference on From Welfare to Child Care, Washington, D.C.
2001 Danziger, S. K. (2001, August). Welfare reform five years later: Lessons from the Women's Employment Study. Presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, Anaheim, CA.
2000 Danziger, S. K. (2000, February). Work, income and material hardship since welfare reform. Presented at the Syracuse University Center for Policy Research Seminar.
2000 Danziger, S., & Danziger, S. K. (2000, July). What is happening after U.S. welfare reform? Presented at the Welfare policy and analysis seminar, Center for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics, London.
2000 Waldfogel, J., Danziger, S. K., Danziger, S., & Seefeldt, K. (2000, October). Welfare reform and lone mothers' employment in the U.S. Presented at the Conference on Lone Parents and Employment: A Cross-National Comparison of Recent Policy Developments, Bath, England.
2000 Danziger, S. & Danziger, S. K. (2000, October). Early lessons from welfare reform. Presented at the seminar of The Joint Center for Poverty Research, Northwestern University and University of Chicago, Evanston, IL.
2000 McBeath, B., Seefeldt, K. S., & Danziger, S. K. (2000, November). The benefits and challenges of welfare to work contracting for Michigan nonprofit organizations. Presented at the annual research conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Seattle, WA.
1999 Danziger, S. K. (1999, January). Lecture on welfare reform and its impacts in one state. Presented at A Cross Cultural Welfare Reform symposium, sponsored by the Taylor Institute and University of Oxford, Chicago, IL.
1999 Kalil, A., & Danziger, S. K. (1999, August). How teen mothers are faring under welfare reform. Presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
1999 Danziger, S. K., Corcoran, M., Danziger, S., & Heflin, C. (1999, September). Post-TANF work and well-being: Early findings from the second wave of the Women's Employment Study. Presented at the Joint Center for Poverty Research Conference For Better and For Worse: State Welfare Reform and the Well-being of Low Income Families and Children, Washington, D.C.
1999 Gavin, A., & Danziger, S. K. (1999, October). Vital signs of welfare reform. Presented at the Muskegon Area Children's Summit.
1999 Johnson, R., Corcoran, M., Danziger, S. K., & Seefeldt, K. (1999, November). Employer demand, welfare recipient skills, and the quick labor force attachment model. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual research conference, WA.
1999 Danziger, S. K. & Danziger, S. (1999, March). Is American welfare reform succeeding? Implications for the United Kingdom. Seminar presented at Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics, London.
1998 Danziger, S. K., & Rosen, D. (1998, March). What social workers need to know about policy and policy research. Presented at NASW-Michigan Legislative Day '98, Lansing, MI.
1998 Kalil, A., Corcoran, M, Danziger, S. K., Tolman, R., Seefeldt, K., Rosen, D., et al. (1998, May). Getting jobs, keeping jobs, and earning a living wage: Can welfare reform work? Presented at the Joint Center on Poverty Research Conference on Family Process and Child Development in Low Income Families, Chicago, IL.
1998 Danziger, S. K. (1998, July). Lecture on policies to fight poverty: The U.S. approach to welfare reform. Presented at the Seminar on Poverty and Social Exclusion: Measurement and policies, Complutense University summer course, El Escorial, Spain.
1998 Danziger, S. K. (1998, August). The scope of welfare in the lives of the poor: Policy and research assumptions. Presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
1998 Danziger, S. K., & Seefeldt, K. (1998, August). Welfare reform in Michigan: How recipients and program managers are responding. Presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.
1998 Sandfort, J., Seefeldt, K., & Danziger, S. K. (1998, October). Exploring the effect of welfare reform implementation on the attainment of policy goals: An examination of Michigan's counties. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual research conference, New York, NY.
1998 Danziger, S. K., Corcoran, M., Danziger, S., Heflin, C., Kalil, A., Levine, J., et al. (1998, October). Barriers to the employment of welfare recipients. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management annual research conference, New York, NY.
1997 Henly, J., & Danziger, S. K. (1997, March). Myths and realities of welfare use among General Assistance recipients. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education annual meeting, Chicago, IL.
1997 Danziger, S. K. (1997, May). Workshop on monitoring the impact of welfare changes in emergency community services. Presented at the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness annual meeting, Detroit, MI.
1997 Danziger, S. K. (1997, September). Research perspectives on the community services impact of welfare reform. Presented at the Leadership Forum of the National Assembly of National Voluntary Health and Social Welfare Organizations, Washington, D.C.
1997 Danziger, S. K., Carlson, M. J., & Henly, J. R. (1997, October). Post-welfare economic and social-psychological well-being: Lessons from former General Assistance recipients. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 19th annual research conference, Washington, D.C.
1996 Danziger, S. K., & Kaye, K. (1996, August). Trends in welfare receipt and nonmarital births: Is there a link? Presented at the American Sociological Association annual meeting, New York City, NY.
1996 Duquette, D. & Danziger, S. K. (1996, October). Policy framework for Kellogg's Families for Kids Initiative. Presented at the Kellogg Foundation FFK Networking meeting, Tucson, AZ.
1992 Danziger, S. K. (1992, May). Family life and teenage pregnancy in the inner city: Views of young black women. Presented at the University of California, Los Angeles Center for the Study of Urban Poverty Seminar.
1992 Danziger, S. K. (1991, October). Family life and teenage pregnancy in the inner city: Views of young black women. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, 13th Annual Research Conference, Bethesda, MD.
1991 Farber, N., & Danziger, S. K. (1991, August). Poverty, welfare, and attachment to schooling: Views of black young women in the inner city. Presented at the American Sociological Association, annual meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
1990 Danziger, S. K. (1990, March). Critical schooling experiences of black ghetto adolescents who delay having children. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education, annual program meeting, Reno, NV.
1990 Danziger, S. K., & Lewis, E. (1990, June). Strategies for empowering families in poor communities. Presented at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, Spring/Summer Symposium, Detroit.
1990 Danziger, S. K., & Farber, N. (1990, October). Promoting attachment to schooling among black inner city teen women: Support service needs of teen mothers. Presented at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, 12th Annual Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.

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