Jennifer Warlick

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Director, Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Jennifer Warlick

232 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 


Poverty Studies website

Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1979
M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1976
B.A., Economics, Duke University, 1972


Warlick’s scholarly interests are in the area of antipoverty policy, including education for the children of low-income families, and the effects of income taxes and transfers on low-income families and the elderly, especially those living in rural America. From 1976–1979 she served as an economist in the Office of Income Security Policy, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare where she participated in the formulation and evaluation of policy regarding social insurance and income maintenance for the aged and disabled. From 1979–1982 she was a Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. She joined the Department of Economics at Notre Dame in 1982. Warlick served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters and Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts from 1989-1997; chairperson of the Department of Economics and Policy Studies from 2003-2010; and is the founding and current director of the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM), a university-wide program for undergraduates, and the Shepherd Program at Notre Dame.
Warlick has published in both national and foreign journals and in numerous books regarding income maintenance policy, aging, and the measurement of poverty. Her most recent project is Rural Poverty in the United States, Columbia University Press, a text for undergraduate and graduates students which she is coediting. Her current research focuses on racial segregation in South Bend schools and the politics of antipoverty policy in rural America. A winner of the Frank J. O’Malley and Kaneb Awards for dedication to and excellence in undergraduate teaching, Warlick teaches the PSIM gateway and capstone courses focusing on poverty in the US and developing nations. Since 1991 she has been a member of the board of directors of the Early Childhood Development Center providing  services to the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities. She also volunteers her time to local organizations serving low-income residents including the South Bend Public School Corporation and St. Joseph County Health Department.

Recent Honors/Awards

  • Collaborating with Britt Magneson, director of government funded pPrograms, South Bend Community School Corporation, to measure student mobility and 
design interventions to reduce it.
  • Awarded Ganey Mini-Grant, April 2008, for proposal titled, “Reducing School Switching to Increase Student Achievement.”