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Bridget Lavelle


Ph.D., Public Policy and Sociology, University of Michigan, 2013
, Sociology, University of Michigan, 2010
, Statistics, Iowa State University, 2008
B.A., Mathematics and Sociology, Grinnell College, 2004

Current Projects with Burgard:

Dissertation committee member

Research interests:

Bridget has research interests in family economic insecurity and social welfare policy. Her dissertation examines the effects of economic and demographic shocks across the life course on health insurance coverage in the United States.


Between college and graduate school, Bridget spent two years in Washington, DC as a research analyst at the non-profit research organization, Child Trends. There she worked with senior researchers in the Early Childhood Development Department on a wide range of projects such as a study examining the impact of family background on children’s early development, kindergarten readiness, and later school performance and a literature review on promising approaches to professional development for early childhood educators (other projects included local program evaluations, analyses of large nationally representative datasets, observational and survey studies, and grant proposals). In graduate school, Bridget has also worked as a research assistant at the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology (ISU), the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research (ISU), the Office of the Provost (UM), and the National Poverty Center (UM).

Contact Information:

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