Sarah Halpern-Meekin

Credentials: Professor


Phone: 608-263-4691

4107 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706

Portrait of Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Professor of Public Affairs


Sarah Halpern-Meekin is a Professor of Public Affairs and Human Development and Family Studies.

Halpern-Meekin uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study romantic relationships and low-income families’ finances, as well as government policies directed at these areas. Her research includes examining how social poverty shapes people’s wellbeing and decisions; understanding the lives of prime-age men who are out of the labor force; studying the role of on-again/off-again relationships in the lives of parents and their children; and longitudinally following how poor mothers of babies experience a program that provides them with monthly unconditional cash gifts.

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  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Sociology and Social Policy
  • BA, Brandeis University, Politics


Public affairs courses taught by Sarah Halpern-Meekin:

PA 869 Workshop in Public Affairs

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