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Maureen Waller

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A sociologist by training, Maureen Waller’s mixed methods research has drawn on hundreds of qualitative interviews, national surveys and policy data to examine several cross-cutting issues related to poverty and inequality, family and U.S. social policy. A central stand of this research documents the experiences of economically and racially marginalized groups at the intersection of the welfare, child support, and criminal-legal systems. Her current research examines economic and racial disparities in driver’s license suspension and the lived experience of having a suspended license. She teaches courses on poverty and inequality, engaged learning, and qualitative and mixed methods research.

Professor Waller received the Cornell Engaged Scholar Prize in 2020. She is an ABF/JPB Access to Justice Scholar, Engaged Faculty Fellow, and an affiliate of the Cornell Population Center, the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, and the Center for the Study of Inequality.

Professor Waller received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University.


About Maureen Waller