Marcia Meyers

Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs

Marcia K. Meyers joined the Evans School faculty in 2001. Her research focuses on public policies and programs for vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on issues of poverty, inequality, and policy implementation.

Meyers holds a joint appointment with the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, and is the director and principal investigator of the West Coast Poverty Center at the Evans School. She is also an affiliate of the Social Indicators Survey Center at Columbia University.

Meyers’ research projects examined the impact of U.S. state policy regimes on the labor force participation of mothers, on inequality in access to early childhood education and care, and on disposable family income. She has collaborated with researchers at the Rockefeller Institute of Government studying the front-line delivery of welfare reforms in 11 sites around the country, and worked with colleagues at the Social Indicators Survey Center to conduct a biannual survey monitoring the economic and social well-being of the residents of New York City.

Meyers previously served on the faculty of Columbia University from 1996-01, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University from 1993-96.

She has received funding for her work from: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OASPE and Child Care Bureau), the State of California (Department of Social Services), the MacArthur Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, the Ford Foundation, the Foundation for Child Development, and other sources.

She is co-author of Families That Work: Policies for Reconciling Parenthood and Employment, and her papers have recently appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Journal of European Social Policy, the Social Service Review, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Social Science Quarterly, and Demography.

Meyers holds a Ph.D. and Master of Social Work from the University of California at Berkley, a MPA from Harvard University, and a BA from Evergreen State College.