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Alison Jacknowitz

Interim Department Chair, Public Administration and Policy
Department of Public Administration and Policy

  • Alison Jacknowitz (PhD, Policy Analysis) is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. She regularly teaches Methods of Problem Solving I, Social Policy and Programs, and Public Program Evaluation. Jacknowitz has been the recipient of the University’s Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment award as well as the Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching award. She conducts research on issues related to poverty, the elderly, and children and families. Jacknowitz’s research has been supported by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Poverty Research, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Her work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including: Contemporary Economic Policy, Demography, Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Pediatrics, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Social Service Review, The Journal of Human Resources, Women & Health, and Women’s Health Issues. Jacknowitz is a Research Affiliate at the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center.

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  • Degrees

    PhD, Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School; MPP, The College of William & Mary; BA, Economics, Colgate University
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Research Interests

Jacknowitz conducts research on issues related to poverty, income and food assistance programs, health outcomes, the elderly, and children and families.

Selected Publications

       
  • “Birth Weight Effects on Children’s Mental, Motor, and Physical Development: Evidence from Twins Data.” (with A. Datar). Maternal and Child Health Journal, Forthcoming.
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  • “Transient, but not Persistent, Adult Food Insecurity Influences Toddler Development.” (with D. Hernandez) Journal of Nutrition, 2009.
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  • “Transitions into and out of the WIC Program: A Cause for Concern?” (with L. Tiehen) Social Service Review, 2009.
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  • Full-Day Kindergarten in California: Lessons from Los Angeles. ( with J. Cannon, G. Painter, and S. McConville). CA: PPIC, 2009. http://www.ppic.org/main/publication.asp?i=792
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  • “Why Wait?: Examining Delayed WIC Participation Among Pregnant Women.” (with L.Tiehen). Contemporary Economic Policy, 2008.
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  • “The Role of Workplace Characteristics in Breastfeeding Practices.” Women & Health, 2008.
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  • “Increasing Breastfeeding Rates: Do Changing Demographics Explain Them?” Women’s Health Issues, 2007.
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  • “Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children and Infant Feeding Practices.” (with D. Novillo and L. Tiehen). Pediatrics, 2007.
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  • “Is Full Better than Half? Examining the Longitudinal Effects of Full-day Kindergarten Attendance.” (with J. Cannon and G. Painter). JPAM, 2006.
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  • “Welfare Work Requirements and Child Well-Being: Evidence from the Effects on Breastfeeding.” (with S.J. Haider and R.F. Schoeni). Demography, 2003.
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  • “Food Stamps and the Elderly: Why is Participation so Low?” (with S.J. Haider and R.F. Schoeni). The Journal of Human Resources, 2003.
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  • Accountability for After-School Care: Devising Standards and Measuring Adherence to Them. (with M. Beckett and A. Hawken). CA: RAND, MR-1411, 2001.

Grants and Sponsored Research

       
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. R03 HD051578. 2008 – 2010. Amount: $192,957.
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  • Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin - USDA RIDGE grant. 2007 – 2008. Amount: $40,000.
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  • US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service Cooperative Agreement. 2006 – 2008. Amount: $25,000.
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  • University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research Young Investigator Development Grant. 2006 – 2007. Amount: $5,000.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • Research Affiliate, National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, November 2008 - present
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  • American University Faculty Research Support Award ($5,000), 2009 - 2010
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  • Visiting Scholar, US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, Summer 2009
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  • Emerging Scholar, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, April 2008
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  • American University Faculty Research Support Award ($5,000), 2008 - 2009
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  • Visiting Scholar, National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, February 2007 - April 2007
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  • American University School of Public Affairs Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment Award, 2005 - 2006
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  • American University School of Public Affairs Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching Award, 2004 - 2005
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  • RAND Graduate School Hagopian Dissertation Award ($42,500), 2002 - 2004

Professional Presentations

       
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    “Another Look at Whether WIC Works: The Effects of Participation on Investments in Prenatal Care and Birth Outcomes.” US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, 2009.
       
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    “The Effect of Full-Day Kindergarten on English Learner Students.” American University, Department of Economics, 2009
       
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    “Does Marriage Really Matter? Investments in Prenatal Care and Birth Outcomes.” US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 2008.
       
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    “Transitions Into and Out of WIC: A Cause for Concern?” University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, 2008.
       
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    “Transitions Into and Out of WIC: A Cause for Concern?” US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 2007.
       
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    "Transitions Into and Out of WIC: A Cause for Concern?” University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, National Poverty Center, 2007.
       
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    "Another Look at Whether WIC Works: The Effects of Participation on Investments in Prenatal Care and Birth Outcomes.” National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics Annual Conference, 2009.
       
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    “Another Look at Whether WIC Works: The Effects of Participation on Investments in Prenatal Care and Birth Outcomes.” Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference, 2009.
       
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  • “Does Marriage Really Matter? Investments in Prenatal Care and Birth Outcomes.” Southern Economic Association Annual Conference, 2008.
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  • “The Influence of Persistent and Transitional Adult Food Insecurity on Toddler Development.” USDA Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Annual Conference, 2008.
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  • “Transitions Into and Out of WIC: A Cause for Concern?” Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference, 2006.
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  • “Why Wait?: Examining Delayed WIC Participation Among Pregnant Women.” Population Association of America Annual Conference, 2006.

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Area of Expertise: Poverty, income and food assistance programs, health outcomes, the elderly, children and families

Additional Information: Alison Jacknowitz specializes in the following areas of research: poverty, income and food assistance programs, health outcomes, the elderly, children, and families. She is currently working on a variety of research projects, including an investigation of factors that influence food insecurity among children; an examination of how local food prices influence children’s food insecurity, obesity, and eating patterns; and an evaluation of the effectiveness of prenatal participation in the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Supported by both internal and external funding sources, Jacknowitz’s research has appeared in a wide variety of scholarly journals.
 

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