about me

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I graduated from the joint doctoral program in social work and sociology at the University of Michigan in 2015 and am now a researcher at Mathematica Policy Research.  I study social programs and policies designed to improve the economic circumstances of poor Americans– Unemployment Insurance, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Security Income and reforms to the criminal justice system. With Alexandra Murphy and Jamie Griffin, I am investigating how transportation insecurity shapes inequality.

Prior to graduate school, I worked at Fountain House, an organization serving  individuals with serious mental illness.  There, I learned on the job about the importance of daily work and strong relationships for personal well-being.

Please feel free to get in touch with me at agouldwerth@mathematica-mpr.com. Thanks for your interest in my research.