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Kristin S. Seefeldt


Ph.D., Sociology and Public Policy, University of Michigan, 2010
M.P.P., University of Michigan, 1996
B.A., American Government, 1990

Current Projects with Burgard:

Michigan Recession and Recovery Study

2012 Burgard, Sarah A., Kristin S. Seefeldt, and Sarah Zelner. “Housing instability and Health: Findings from the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study.” Social Science and Medicine 75(12): 2215-2224.

2012 Burgard, Sarah A., Lucie Kalousova and Kristin S. Seefeldt. “Perceived Job Insecurity and Health: The Michigan Recession and Recovery Study.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54(9): 1101–1106.

Research interests:

Her primary research interests lie in exploring how low-income individuals understand their situations, particularly around issues related to work and economic well-being.  She is the author of Working After Welfare (W.E. Upjohn Institute Press), which discusses employment advancement and work-family balance issues as experienced by former welfare recipients.  Currently, she is conducting qualitative research on families’ financial coping strategies during an economic downturn.

Another strand of research, begun when she was a researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., is focused on documenting and understanding how social welfare policies are implemented. Currently, she is working with researchers from MDRC and the Urban Institute on an implementation study of four employment programs serving ex-offenders.


Indiana University, Bloomington

Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2010-2012

University of Michigan

Assistant Professor of Social Work, 2012-present

Assistant Director, National Poverty Center, University of Michigan, 2004–2010
Assistant Research Scientist, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 2009–2010
Research Investigator, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 2003–2009

The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C., 1990-1994

Contact Information:

phone: 734.615.9538  |

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