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Kristin S. Seefeldt

Associate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Associate Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy

Kristin S. Seefeldt

Associate Professor Kristin Seefeldt’s primary research interests lie in exploring how low-income individuals understand their situations, particularly around issues related to work and economic well being.

Currently, she is conducting research on families’ financial coping strategies and is a Principal Investigator of a survey examining the effects of the recession and recovery policies on individuals’ well being.

Her most recent book, Abandoned Families (Russell Sage), explores the ways in which various institutions that once fostered economic security and upward mobility, currently fail low and moderate income families, particularly families of color. She is also the author of Working After Welfare (W.E. Upjohn Institute Press), which discusses employment and work-family balance challenges among former welfare recipients, and a co-author of America’s Poor and the Great Recession (Indiana University Press).

Research Interests/Focus

Poverty, economic well being, financial coping strategies, recession, recovery policies, work-life balance


Year Degree   School
2010 PhD Sociology and Public Policy University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1996 MPP Public Policy University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1990 BA American Government Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Year Description
2021 Ratliff, E. & Seefeldt, K. S. (2021). There's no room, not even for a dog: How doubling up affects those with housing. Presentation to University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy.
2020 Seefeldt, K. S. (2020, January). Credit where it’s due. Presentation at Umea University, Umea Sweden.
2019 Seefeldt, K. S. (2019, June). Credit and debt. Presentation at Annual Conference of the Michigan Community Action Association.
2019 Wherry, F., Seefeldt, K. S., & Alvarez, A. (2019, May). Credit where it’s due. Presentation at the Aspen Institute, Washington, D.C.
2019 Seefeldt, K. S. (2019, March). Poverty in the U.S.: Unpacking the narratives. Invited Keynote at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work Poverty Symposium.
2019 Seefeldt, K. S. (2019, March). Stretching retirement savings across many generations: Preliminary evidence from qualitative interviews.” Presented at the Michigan Retirement and Disability Research Center conference, Ann Arbor MI.
2018 Seefeldt, K. S. (2018, October). Making ends meet in an era of retrenchment.” Presentation at the UC-Riverside Poverty Summit.
2018 Seefeldt, K. S. (2018, January). Debt as modern day sharecropping. Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, D.C.

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