WCPC Seminar Series on Poverty and Policy


The Seminar Series on Poverty and Policy brings prominent national and local faculty to the University of Washington campus to present their cutting-edge research on poverty and public policy.

Approximately five seminars are offered each quarter and are open to UW faculty, UW graduate students from all disciplines, and members of the public who are interested in research on issues of poverty and inequality and related public policies.

One session each quarter is a student-oriented session for students who enroll for credit. This session provides opportunities for students to network with other students and with UW faculty from a variety of disciplines who are working on topics relating to poverty and inequality.

Time and Location: Seminars are held approximately every other week, typically on Monday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with question / discussion until 2:00 p.m. in the UW Parrington Hall Commons or Forum (rooms 308 and 309, located on the third floor of Parrington Hall). A continuously updated schedule of seminar dates and topics is maintained here on our website.

Topical Areas: Seminars are presented by faculty from a variety of disciplines addressing a diversity of topics that relate to the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the U.S. and to the development and evaluation of public policy responses.

Graduate Credit: Graduate students from all disciplines who have a substantive emphasis on poverty as a part of their individual program of study may receive 1 credit per term for participation in at least 4 of the seminars and completion of one assignment. Add codes and questions pertaining to graduate credit may be directed to wcpc@uw.edu.


We hope that you can join us!

Spring 2014 (pdf)


Monday, April 14
Student Session, open to students registered to receive credit for the seminar. Meet other students and West Coast Poverty Center faculty affiliates who are studying issues related to poverty and inequality.
School of Social Work, Research Commons
12:30-2 p.m.

Monday, April 21
"Urban Divestment, Rural Decline & the Politics of Mass Incarceration"
REBECCA THORPE, Department of Political Science, University of Washington
Parrington Hall, Room 308
12:30-1:30 p.m. (Q&A to 2:00 p.m.)

Monday, May 5
"The End of Mass Incarceration?: The Contradictions of Criminal Justice Reform"
KATHERINE BECKETT, Department of Sociology, University of Washington
Parrington Hall, Room 308
12:30-1:30 p.m. (Q&A to 2:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 14
"American Affordable Housing Crisis: Eviction, Exploitation, Poverty, and Survival"
MATT DESMOND, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
Parrington Hall, Room 308
12:30-2:00 p.m.
Jointly sponsored with the Scholars Strategy Network and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Monday, May 19
"Spatial Dynamics of Foreclosure and Emerging Patterns of Residential Stratification"
KYLE CROWDER, Department of Sociology, University of Washington
Parrington Hall, Room 308
12:30-1:30 p.m. (Q&A to 2:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 2
"The Class War II Debate: Military Service in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"
ALAIR MACLEAN, Department of Sociology, Washington State University, Vancouver
Parrington Hall, Room 308
12:30-1:30 p.m. (Q&A to 2:00 p.m.)


For information on past talks, visit our seminar archive.


For information about past seminars, including video & PPT slides, visit our seminar archive page.


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