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Scott W. Allard

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Metropolitan Policy Program

Scott W. Allard is Professor at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington with expertise in poverty and inequality, social welfare policy, and urban policy. He is an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and  the co-director of the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center at the University of Chicago. His primary areas of research expertise are poverty, employment among low-skill workers, safety net utilization, food security, and the spatial accessibility of safety net programs. He is author of Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State (2009, Yale University Press), which examines the spatial and organizational challenges confronting local safety net providers. His latest book Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in America (2017, Russell Sage Foundation Press), focuses on the changing geography of poverty within metropolitan America and which aspects of the contemporary safety net respond well to these changes. Allard has received external research support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Russell Sage Foundation. Prior to his position at the University of Washington, Allard held faculty positions at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the Department of Political Science at Brown University, and in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Scott W. Allard is Professor at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington with expertise in poverty and inequality, social welfare policy, and urban policy. He is an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and  the co-director of the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center at the University of Chicago. His primary areas of research expertise are poverty, employment among low-skill workers, safety net utilization, food security, and the spatial accessibility of safety net programs. He is author of Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State (2009, Yale University Press), which examines the spatial and organizational challenges confronting local safety net providers. His latest book Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in America (2017, Russell Sage Foundation Press), focuses on the changing geography of poverty within metropolitan America and which aspects of the contemporary safety net respond well to these changes. Allard has received external research support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Russell Sage Foundation. Prior to his position at the University of Washington, Allard held faculty positions at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the Department of Political Science at Brown University, and in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

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