Scott Allard
Ph.D., University of Michigan
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Scott W. Allard joined the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington as a professor of public affairs in 2014. Allard is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and co-primary investigator of the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center at the University of Chicago, a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan and of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He previously held faculty positions at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University (2000–03), the Department of Political Science at Brown University (2003–08), and in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago (2008–14).

His primary areas of research expertise are urban poverty, employment among low-skill workers, food security, safety net utilization, and the spatial accessibility of governmental and nongovernmental safety net programs. He is author of Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State (2009, Yale University Press), which examines the contemporary social service safety net through survey interviews with almost 1,500 government, for-profit, and nonprofit social service organizations. Currently, he is completing a book manuscript entitled Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in America, which focuses upon the rise in poverty in America’s suburban areas. He is working with the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study—a panel survey of households in metropolitan Detroit—to examine how working poor families are coping in a persistently sluggish regional economy. He also is a co-investigator with the Seattle Minimum Wage Study, which is a multi-faceted evaluation of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance. In addition to these projects, he has published several articles on the geography of contemporary social welfare policy and on social service delivery in the post-welfare reform era that have appeared in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and LawJournal of Politics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and ManagementPolicy Studies JournalPublius: The Journal of Federalism, Social Science Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review.

Allard has received research grants supporting his work on social welfare policy from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Russell Sage Foundation, The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, The New York Community Trust, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research (UKCPR), the University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI).


Income and Social Inequality
Social Welfare Policy
Urban and Social Policy
Recent Publications: 

Allard, Scott W. and Sarah Paisner. “The Rise of Suburban Poverty.” Oxford University Press Handbooks Online. Forthcoming.

Roth, Benjamin and Scott W. Allard. “Latino Immigrant Access to Social Service Providers.” Forthcoming. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Maria Wathen and Scott W. Allard. 2015. “Local Nonprofit Welfare Provision: The United States and Russia.” Public Administration Issues.

Allard, Scott W., Maria Wathen, and Sandra Danziger. 2015. “Bundling Public and Private Supports to Cope with the Effects of the Great Recession.” Social Science Quarterly.

Roth, Benjamin and Scott W. Allard. 2015. “Getting By Rather than Getting Ahead: The Response of the Nonprofit Safety Net to Rising Suburban Poverty.” in Analyzing Suburbs with 2010 Census Data: Places of Change, Katrin B. Anacker (ed.), Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Allard, Scott W., Sandra Danziger, Maria Wathen, and H. Luke Shaefer. 2015. “Food Resource Access in Metropolitan Detroit.” Focus, 32(1):7-12. 

Murphy, Alexandra K. and Scott W. Allard. 2015 “The Changing Geography of Poverty.” Focus, 32(1):19-23. 

Allard, Scott W. 2014. “State Dollars, Nonstate Provision: The Institutional Consequences of Local Nonprofit Welfare Provision in the United States.” in The Politics of Non-State Social Welfare Provision in the Global South, Melani Cammett and Lauren Morris MacLean (eds.), Cornell University Press.

Allard, Scott W. and Steven Rathgeb Smith. 2014. “Medicaid and the Funding of Social Service Organizations.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 39(6): 1135-72.

Small, Mario and Scott W. Allard (eds.). 2013. “Reconsidering the Urban Disadvantaged: The Role of Systems, Institutions, and Organizations.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Professional service: 

Affiliate, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE), 2015 to present.

Steering Committee, Urban@UW, 2015 to present.

Advisory Board, Metropolitan Policy Center at American University, 2014 to present.

Executive Committee and Faculty Affiliate, West Coast Poverty Center, University of Washington, 2014 to present.

Policy Council Member and Chair of the Communications and Web Committee, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 2012-15.

Advisory Council, Publius:  The Journal of Federalism, 2008 to present.

Courses taught: 

PBAF 511 - Managing Politics and the Policy Process 

PPM 510 - Policy Analysis

Current Position: 
Professor of Public Affairs
Working Papers: 

Allard, Scott W. Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in the US. Book Manuscript for Russell Sage Foundation Press.

Allard, Scott W., Sandra Danziger, and Maria Wathen. “The Relationship between Food Resource Access and Receipt of SNAP Assistance.”

Allard, Scott W. and H. Luke Shaefer. “Assessing the Spatial Accessibility of the Neighborhood Food Retailers among Poor and Near-Poor Households in Metropolitan Detroit.”

Allard, Scott W. and H. Luke Shaefer. “Neighborhood Food Infrastructure, Economic Shocks, and Food Security among Households with Children.”

Allard, Scott W., Maria Wathen, and Sarah Paisner. “Grocery Shopping and Access to Food Retailers in Metropolitan Detroit.”

Fyall, Rachel and Scott W. Allard. “Nonprofits and Political Work: A Joint Consideration of the Political Activities, Programs, and Organizational Characteristics of Social Service Nonprofits.”