Faculty Directory

Vincent Fusaro

Assistant Professor


Vincent A. Fusaro, Ph.D., examines policies and programs that affect the economic and material well-being of low-income households in the United States, especially households with children. Jointly trained as a social work researcher and a political scientist, his work follows three main tracks: understanding the challenges facing low-income households, identifying the effects of policies and programs that address household well-being, and considering the social, political, and economic influences on social welfare policy design and implementation. Within these areas, he is particularly interested in the role of states in social welfare. His research agenda encompasses topics including food insecurity, housing instability and homelessness, low-wage work, racial and ethnic disparities in well-being, and federalism. 

Select Grants

Research Incentive Grant 2019-2020
Boston College

Gerald R. Ford Fellowship 2015-2016 $20,000, 2016-2017
University of Michigan Department of Political Science

Fahs-Beck Scholar 2015
Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation

Select Appointments & Awards

2018: Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award, Society for Social Work and Research

2016: Robert L. Schneider Dissertation Award, Influencing Social Policy

2016: Henry Meyer Award, University of Michigan School of Social Work