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.
Fusaro, V. (2021). Operationalizing the salience of race to state social policy: A comparison of approaches with application to TANF. Journal of Policy Practice and Research, 2, 213-232.
Fusaro, V. (2021). State variation in TANF expenditures: Implications for social work and social policy. Social Work, 66(2), 157-166.
Fusaro, V., Shaefer, H.L., & Simington, J. (2021) Communities moving ahead, falling behind: Evidence from the Index of Deep Disadvantage. ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 695, 292-312.
Fusaro, V. (2021). States & cash assistance under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Race, politics, and policy structure. Policy Studies Journal, 49(3), 811-834.
Shaefer, H.L., Edin, K., Fusaro, V., & Wu, P. (2020). The decline of cash assistance and the well-being of poor children. Social Forces, 98(3), 1000-1025.
Pandey, S. & Fusaro, V. (2020) Food insecurity among women of reproductive age in Nepal: Prevalence and correlates. BMC Public Health, 20(175).
Krings, A., Fusaro, V., Lee, N.Y., & Nicoll, K. (2019). Social work, politics, and social policy education: Applying a multidimensional framework of power. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(2), 224-237.
Fusaro, V., Levy, H., & Shaefer, H.L. (2018). Racial and ethnic disparities in the lifetime prevalence of homelessness in the United States. Demography, 55(6), 2119-2128.
Fusaro, V. & Shaefer, H.L. (2016). How should we define low-wage work? An analysis using the Current Population Survey. Monthly Labor Review, October 2016.
Fusaro, V. (2015) Who’s left out: Characteristics of households in economic need not receiving public support. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 42(3), 65-85.
Research Incentive Grant 2019-2020
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
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