Assistant Professor, Children, Youth & Families
Vincent A. Fusaro, Ph.D, joined the Boston College School of Social Work faculty in 2017. His research examines poverty and poverty policy in the United States, especially with respect to households with children. Dr. Fusaro is jointly trained as a social work researcher and a political scientist.
His research follows three tracks. The first component of his scholarship considers the well-being of low-income households in the United States. Specific topics he examines include the relationship between low-wage work and social welfare program participation, material hardships such as food insecurity and homelessness, the role of geography in sustaining social and economic disparities, and evaluation of policies and programs to improve economic stability. His second branch of research considers the social, political, and economic influences on social welfare policy design and implementation, especially at the state level. Finally, he is interested in policy analysis and policy advocacy as social work practice methods.
Dr. Fusaro primarily uses advanced quantitative methods in his research, including econometric and multilevel modeling. He has analyzed data from a variety of sources, including large-scale social surveys with complex sampling schemes, government administrative data, and community-level program evaluation data. He also has practice experience in program development, evaluation, and policy advocacy at both the local and national levels.