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Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Social and welfare policy; poverty; romantic and family relationships

Associate Professor, Human Development & Family Studies School of Human Ecology La Follette School of Public Affairs Work: 608-263-4691 Home page


  • Unconditional cash transfer programs for families, like the Baby's First Years Study
  • Assistance programs and policies for families with limited incomes, like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit
  • On-again/off-again (churning) romantic relationships
  • What do changes in romantic relationships mean for family and individual wellbeing?
  • Government-funded relationship education programs


  • Author, "It's not like I'm poor: How working families make ends meet in a post-welfare world"
  • Author, "Social poverty: Low-income parents and the struggle for family and community ties"