Standing Faculty > Roberta Rehner Iversen, MSS, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Master of Science in Social Policy Program (MSSP)

Roberta Rehner Iversen, MSS, PhD - Penn School of Social Policy & Practice3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room D2
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
215.898.5529 (phone); 215.573.2099 (fax)

Dr. Iversen uses ethnographic research to better understand and improve welfare and workforce development policy and programs and to extend knowledge about economic mobility, especially in relation to families who are working but still poor.

  • Dr. Iversen’s ethnographic accounts illuminate what low-income working parents need from secondary schools, job training organizations, businesses and firms, their children's public schools, and public policy in order to earn enough to support their families through work.
  • Housing policy in Milwaukee, WI and workforce development programs and policy in New Orleans, LA, Seattle, WA, St. Louis, MO, and Philadelphia, PA have been improved by findings from Dr. Iversen’s research.

Dr. Iversen’s book, Jobs Aren't Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families (2006; Temple University Press) presents new ways to increase the economic mobility of low-income families.

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