Penn Arts and Sciences

Roberta Rehner Iversen

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Associate Professor and Director, MS in Social Policy Program (MSSP), School of Social Policy and Practice

Dr. Iversen uses ethnographic research to better understand and improve welfare and workforce development policy and programs and to extend knowledge about economic mobility, especially in relation to families who are working but still poor. Her ethnographic accounts illuminate what low-income working parents need from secondary schools, job training organizations, businesses and firms, their children's public schools, and public policy in order to earn enough to support their families through work. Dr. Iversen is the author of Jobs Aren't Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families (2006).

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