Katie Vinopal received her Ph.D. and masters 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.

Her research focuses on the factors that contribute to poverty and social and economic inequality, and the policies and programs that best address these challenges. She is interested specifically in social, family, and early education policy and administration.

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.



Areas of research

  • Social and family policy
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Education policy




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