Sandra K. Danziger, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work
Research Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

735 S. State St. Suite 5100
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Office: 734-615-4648; Fax: 734-615-8047

E-mail: sandrakd[at]umich[dot]edu

Curriculum Vitae

Biography, Education


Danziger’s primary research interests are the effects of public programs and policies on the well-being of disadvantaged families, poverty policy and social service programs, demographic trends in child and family well-being, gender issues across the life course, program evaluation, and qualitative research methods. Her current research examines welfare program approaches to addressing barriers to employment among single mothers. This includes an evaluation of a family support program provided by Starfish Family Services in Inkster, MI.  She previously conducted an implementation study of Michigan's Jobs, Education and Training pilot projects.

Professor Danziger is a member of the Society for Social Work and Research, the American Sociological Association, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. She was a 2009 Scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Bellagio, Italy.  She received the 2006 Society for Social Work Research Excellence in Research Award.  She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York in 2002-2003 and in 1994, a Visiting Research Scientist for the Office of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC.


M.S.  Boston University, 1973, Sociology
Ph.D. Boston University, 1978, Sociology