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Alison Jacknowitz

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Department of Public Administration and Policy

Alison Jacknowitz is the Interim Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University and an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her research interests focus on children’s well-being, particularly food insecurity, poverty, and food assistance. Jacknowitz has also conducted research on early childhood education. Her research has been supported by several organizations including the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and Feeding America. Her work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including: Demography, Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Pediatrics, Social Service Review, and The Journal of Human Resources. She regularly teaches Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis I and Program Evaluation. Jacknowitz has been the recipient of the SPA Award for Outstanding Teaching in a Full-Time Appointment as well as the SPA Award for the Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching. She received the SPA Award for Outstanding Service to the University Community and the SPA Pioneer Award. She is a member of the Technical Advisory Group member of Feeding America.


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

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SPA - Public Admin and Policy
Kerwin Hall - 318
Office Hours: Monday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in Kerwin Hall 318; Wednesday 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM in Kerwin Hall Lobby
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  • Spring 2019

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Area of Expertise:

Poverty, income and food assistance programs, health outcomes, the elderly, children and families, women's health issues

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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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