3464 Social Science Building
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Timothy M. (Tim) Smeeding is the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics.
He was director of the Institute for Research on Poverty from 2008–2014. He was named the John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow, American Academy of Political and Social Science, in 2017, and was the founding director of the Luxembourg Income Study from 1983-2006. Professor Smeeding’s recent work has been on social and economic mobility across generations, inequality of income, consumption and wealth, and poverty in national and cross-national contexts.
His books include: SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well Being (Stanford University Press, 2015); Monitoring Social Mobility in the 21st Century (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2015); From Parents to Children: The Intergenerational Transmission of Advantage (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012); Persistence, Privilege and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011); The Handbook of Economic Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2009); Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America’s Children in Comparative Perspective (Russell Sage Foundation, 2003); and The American Welfare State: Laggard or Leader?, (Oxford University Press, 2010).
Curriculum Vitae (pdf) Pronouns: he/him
Google Scholar | UW–Madison experts page | High‑resolution photo
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison, Economics
- M.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison, Economics
- M.A., University of Connecticut, Economics
- B.A., Canisius College, Economics
Public affairs courses taught by Tim Smeeding:
PA 200 Contemporary Public Policy Issues
PA 802 Public Affairs Seminar Series
PA 860 Workshop in International Public Affairs
PA 873 Introduction to Policy Analysis
PA 888 Comparative and National Social Policy