How many people in America live on less than $2 a day? Something many of us don't think about but a reality for those living in poverty in the United States.
In this episode, Bishop Wright has a conversation with Luke Schaefer Ph.D. A University of Michigan Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy and Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement. They discuss the gaps in society and what we can do about them. Professor Schaefer also shares his own experience of poverty and what he's learned from his research on extreme poverty.
Shaefer’s research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals in the fields of public policy, social work, public health, health services research, and history, and his work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau among other sources. He has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and has advised a number of the nation’s largest human service providers.
His work has been cited in media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, The Atlantic, and Los Angeles Times, and he has been featured on such programs as Marketplace and CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. His book with Kathryn Edin, “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism among other awards. He was recently named to an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.