Luke Shaefer's research focuses on the effectiveness of the United States’ social safety net in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families.
His recent work explores rising levels of extreme poverty in the United States, the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on material hardships, barriers to unemployment insurance faced by vulnerable workers, and strategies for increasing access to oral health care in the United States.
H. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D. is the director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an interdisciplinary, university-level initiative that seeks to inform, identify, and test innovative strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty.
Social safety net, low-wage workers, economically disadvantage families, non-profit management
|(734) 936-5065||(734) firstname.lastname@example.org||2792 SSWB||University of Michigan|
School of Social Work
1080 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
|2008||PhD||Social Service Administration||University of Chicago, Illinois|
|2005||MA||Social Service Administration||University of Chicago, Illinois|
|2001||BA||Politics||Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH|
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.
Shaefer, H. L., Wu, P., & Edin, K. (2017). Can Poverty in America be Compared to Conditions in the World’s Poorest Countries. American Journal of Medical Research, 4(10, 84-92.
Phillips, E., Shaefer, L., Aksu, M. & Lapidos, A. (2016). Is a mid-level dental provider model acceptable to potential patients? Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.
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.
Nicholl, K. L., Phillips, E., Shaefer, H. L., & Simoncic, T. (2016). Low-Income Parents’ Perceptions of Oral Health and Acceptance of Mid-level Dental Providers. Journal of Dental Hygiene, 90(2), 100-110.
Kimberlin, S., Shaefer, H. L. & Kim, J. (2016). Measuring Poverty Using the Supplemental Poverty Measure in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, 1998 to 2010. Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, 41(1), 17-47.
Fusaro, V. & Shaefer, H. L. (2016). How Should We Define Low-Wage Work? An Analysis Using the Current Population Survey. Monthly Labor Review, October.
Rodems, R. & Shaefer, H. L. (2016). Left Out: Policy Diffusion and the Exclusion of Black Workers from Unemployment Insurance. Social Science History, 40(3), 385-404.
Lapidos, A., Shaefer, H. L. & Gwozdek, A. (2016). Toward a Better Understanding of Dental Appointment-Keeping Behavior. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 44(1), 85-91.
Phillips, E. Shaefer, H. L., Lapidos, A. & Aksu, M. N. (2016). Is a Mid-level Dental Provider Model Acceptable to Potential Patients? Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 44(5), 426-434.
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.
Phillips, E., Shaefer, H. L. & Gwozdek, A. (2015). Safety Net Care and midlevel dental practitioners: A case study of the portion of care that might be performed under various setting and scope-of-practice assumptions. American Journal of Public Health, 105(9), 1770-1776.
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.
Edin, K. & Shaefer, H. L. (2015). $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Shaefer, H. L., & Evangelist, M. (2014). Families at risk, report II: The impact of the 2011 changes to Michigan's unemployment insurance program on unemployed workers and their families. Report for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project.
Gwozdek, A. E., Tetrick, R., & Shaefer, H. L. (2014). The origins of Minnesota's mid-level dental practitioner: Alignment of problem, political and policy streams. Journal of Dental Hygiene, 88(5), 292-301.
Gould-Werth, A. & Shaefer, H. L. (2013). Do alternative base periods increase unemployment insurance receipt among low-educated unemployed workers? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 32(4), 835-852.
Shaefer, H. L., & Ybarra, M. (2012). The welfare reforms of the 1990s and the stratification of material well-being among low-income households with children. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1810-1817.
Gould-Werth, A., & Shaefer, H. L. (2012). Participation in unemployment insurance: Difference in application rates and receipt among applicants by education and race and ethnicity. Monthly Labor Review, 135(10), 28-41.
Shaefer, H. L. (2012). Families at risk: the impact of the 2011 changes to unemployment insurance on Michigan's unemployed families and children. Report for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project.
Shaefer, H. L., & Miller, M. (2011). Improving access to oral health care services among underserved populations in the US: Is there a role for mid-level dental providers? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22(3), 740-744.
Shaefer, H. L., Grogan, C. M., & Pollack, H. A. (2011). Who transitions from private to public health insurance? Lessons from expansions of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 22(1), 359-370.
Sammons, E. D., Shaefer, H. L., & Ybarra, M. (2011). The Children’s Bureau and the passage of the Sheppard-Towner Act of 1921: Early social work macro practice in action. Families in Society, 92(4), 358-363.
Shaefer, H. L., Grogan, C. M., & Pollack, H. A. (2011). Transitions from private to public health coverage among children: Estimating effects on out-of-pocket medical costs and health insurance premium costs. Health Services Research, 46(3), 840-858.
Shaefer, H. L., DeLand, M., & Jones, T. R. (2010). Leading collaborations: Creating strategic alliances, strategic restructuring via mergers, acquisitions, and integration. In K. A. Agard (Ed.), Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Shaefer, H. L., & Sammons, E. (2009). The development of an unequal social safety net: A case study of the employer-based health insurance (non) system. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 36(3), 179-199.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106