Laura Sullivan’s research interests focus on wealth and income inequalities over the life-course, factors affecting long-term household economic stability, and poverty reduction policies. Her current research examines the impacts of household-level economic shocks and family and institutional resources on the financial well-being of households approaching retirement age. As a Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis, she has conducted research analyzing the racial wealth gap and developing multi-factor measures of economic security for the middle class and seniors. Previously, she also researched unintended impacts of policy design relating to marriage and asset limits at the Social Security Advisory Board (SSAB), and participated in a national analysis of social service referral networks at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources at the University of Texas at Austin. During her undergraduate studies, Dr. Sullivan served as an AmeriCorps member coordinating volunteers and working with youth in school-based literacy programs in the Bay Area. She is the Instructor for Foundations of Policy Analysis in the MPAP program.
Laura Sullivan has a PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University and MPAff from The University of Texas at Austin.
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