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).
Poverty, economic well being, financial coping strategies, recession, recovery policies, work-life balance
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School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
|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.|
|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.|
|2017||Seefeldt, K. S. (2017, March). Abandoned families: Social isolation in the 21st century. Presented at the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, May 2017, and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.|
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106