Special Editors: Daniel T. Lichter and James P. Ziliak
For decades, rural and small-town America has been left at the sidelines of academic analysis and evidence-based policy discussions. Big city issues and interests have defined America’s most pressing social problems, but the election of Donald Trump to the presidency has been characterized as rural America reasserting itself with a vengeance.
The rural-urban divide seemingly has never been greater, but sound science tells us that the rural-urban interface—where capital, labor, people, information, and material goods flow back and forth between rural and urban America—is increasingly difficult to describe and define…read more.
Kathryn Edin, the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers. The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women and men. Edin is particularly interested in questions about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? Read more…