Katie Vinopal conducts research on vulnerable children and families. She is interested specifically in poverty, family, and early education policy and administration. She currently teaches Public Policy Analysis for undergraduates and Public Affairs Statistics for graduate students.

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 poverty and social and economic inequality, the impact of poverty and inequality 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, 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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