Natasha Pilkauskas, PhD

Natasha Pilkauskas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Policy,
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

5219 Weill Hall, 735 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Office: (734) 615-6984

E-mail: npilkaus[at]umich[dot]edu

Curriculum Vitae



Natasha Pilkauskas is an assistant professor of public policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Dr. Pilkauskas’ research broadly focuses on the health, development and wellbeing of low-income families and children. She is particularly interested in the role that private support networks play in helping families make ends meet. Much of her research focuses on the role that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren. She also examines the effects of economic wellbeing (material hardship, unemployment, poverty) and public policy on families and children. Dr. Pilkauskas received a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and a PhD in Social Welfare Policy from Columbia University. She also worked for several years as a policy analyst studying various social policy programs and as a political pollster.


Ph.D. Social Welfare Policy, Columbia University, 2012
M.P.P. Public Policy, Harvard University, 2004
B.A. Sociology and Economics, Northwestern University, 1999