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Natasha Pilkauskas

Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Natasha Pilkauskas is an associate professor of public policy at the Ford School. Pilkauskas' research considers how social policy might improve the developmental and life trajectories of low-income children.

Much of her research focuses on the living arrangements of low-income children, especially those who live with grandparents. Past and current projects also investigate the role of family/kin transfers in helping families make ends meet; links between maternal employment and school outcomes; the effectiveness of the Earned Income Tax Credit; and the effects of the Great Recession on low-income households.

Pilkauskas received a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and a PhD in social welfare policy from Columbia University.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan