Laura Lein, Ph.D., was appointed Dean and Katherine Reebel Collegiate Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan in 2009, as well as Professor in the Department of Anthropology. She came to Michigan from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work where she taught for 24 years. She has taught in the areas of social policy, social work research, and community organization and participatory research. Her research has concentrated on the interface between families in poverty and the institutions that serve them. Her research on families in poverty has extended over three decades. She recently co-authored (with Ron Angel, Holy Bell, and Julie Beausoleil) Community Lost(Cambridge University Press, 2012) about Hurricane Katrina survivors, and also has written (with Ronald Angel and Jane Henrici) Poor Families in America’s Health Care Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Life After Welfare (with Deanna Schexnadyer, University of Texas Press, 2007). She is the author, with Kathryn Edin, of Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1997).
She is currently working on projects related to low-income women and health (funded by the Nokomis Foundation), homelessness, and low-income non-residential fathers.