Kerri Leyda Nicoll

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Nicoll 2011

Doctoral Student
American Politics

  • Fields of Study
    • American Politics
    • Social Work
  • About

    Kerri is a PhD Candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Political Science. Her research focuses on how people living in or near poverty in the U.S. perceive and experience the public policies designed to assist them. Using interpretive research methodologies, her dissertation explores how low-income families make decisions about participation in various public anti-poverty programs (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Earned Income Tax Credit, etc.) and, in turn, how policy design and implementation might be altered to better serve those living in or near poverty. A committed teacher, Kerri has completed the requirements for a Graduate Teaching Certificate from the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, served as both a primary instructor and teaching assistant for courses in Social Work and Political Science, and served as a member of a research team evaluating the university’s interdisciplinary minor in Community Action and Social Change (CASC).

  • Education
    • Connecticut College, BA English, 1998
    • Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv, 2001
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, MSW, 2007
  • Dissertation Title
    • Understanding Participation and Nonparticipation in Public Anti-poverty Programs: An Interpretive Study
  • Dissertation Chair
    • Ann Lin, Sandra Danziger (co-chairs)
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Ann Lin, Sandra Danziger (Social Work), Pamela Brandwein, Luke Shaefer (Social Work)