Megan Curran Talk - Child Poverty in the US

Register and attend a Zoom meeting to hear Megan Curran, Ph.D., share how The Center on Poverty and Social Policy’s research has helped drive the conversation on how the U.S. should care for its poorest families through proper child support. 

Our very own Columbia Center on Poverty and Social Policy, since its founding in 2014, has been producing consequential research on the impact of universal child allowance on families and the US economy. 

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Key areas of insight from Megan's talk will include: 
  • Understanding what child poverty in the US looks like, historically and today
  • How the pandemic -- and pandemic-era economic relief efforts -- have impacted children and families
  • Learn about the new Child Tax Credit expansion, how it has helped families, and the future of this policy change
  • Compare how other countries support children, who gives the most generous cash payments, and how the new US Child Tax Credit compares

The talk will conclude with a Q&A session.


Bio - Megan A. Curran, Ph.D.


Megan A. Curran is the Policy Director of the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University.

Her work explores how the tax system and social safety net can better support children and families and how lessons learned from strategies to reduce child poverty can be shared across countries. Recent research focuses on measuring poverty and assessing policy impact in real-time, looking in particular at the effects of the new monthly US Child Tax Credit payments on child poverty and well-being.

She has worked as a legislative analyst in the United States House of Representatives and the Scottish Parliament and as researcher, advocate, and university lecturer on child and family poverty and policy solutions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland.

She holds a Ph.D. and an M.P.P. in Social Policy from University College Dublin, an L.L.M. in International Law from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.A. from Fordham University in New York.

January 13, 2022 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County


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