Katie Vinopal conducts research on vulnerable children and families. She is particularly interested in issues of representation, social and economic inequality, and poverty. She teaches Public Policy Analysis, Public Affairs Statistics, and a new course: Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy.

Dr. Vinopal received her Ph.D. in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.S. in mathematics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Prior to her academic career, Vinopal worked as a research assistant in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. There she conducted research on issues, policies, and systems impacting vulnerable families. Vinopal also worked on national and local hunger and food security issues in the nonprofit sector for the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, DC.

Her research focuses on the factors that contribute to social and economic inequality, the impact on children and families, and the policies and programs that best address these challenges. Vinopal was a Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) emerging scholar in 2015. She has recently published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Developmental Psychology, the Journal of Marriage and Family, Social Indicators Research, and Pediatrics.

Areas of research

  • Child and family policy
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Education policy

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