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Third Annual New Frontiers in Poverty Research Mini-Conference (May 18th)

  • Columbia School of Social Work 1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE: Established in 2015, the Center on Poverty and Social Policy within the Columbia School of Social Work invites your participation in its third annual conference, on the theme of new frontiers in poverty research. The agenda consists of two keynote speakers and two panel sessions.


  • David Ellwood of the Harvard Kennedy School: “Reclaiming the American Dream: Creating Genuine Mobility from Poverty” (12:30–1:30 p.m.)
  • Sherry Glied of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service: “Health Reform, Poverty, and Mobility” (4:00–5:00 p.m.)

SESSION ONE 1:15 – 2:30 p.m.
 Harnessing the Robin Hood Poverty Tracker to Understand New Dimensions of Poverty in New York City, chaired by Stephanie Phillips
Panelists: Felix Muchomba, Lenna Nepomnyachy, and Rayven Plaza

SESSION TWO 2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Simulating Changes in the Safety Net, chaired by Laura Speer
Panelists: Laura Nolan, Jennifer Laird, Jane Waldfogel, and Naomi Zewde

About the Keynote Speakers 
David Ellwood is the Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. Recognized as one of the nation's leading scholars on poverty and welfare, Ellwood's work has been credited with significantly influencing public policy in the United States and abroad. A labor economist who also specializes in family change, low pay and unemployment, his most recent research focuses on the changing structure of American families. Go to full bio.

Sherry Glied is the Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Glied’s principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy. Glied holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. Go to full bio.

Full Conference Agenda

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