Maria Cancian is Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, L&S Associate Dean for Social Sciences, and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research considers the relationship between public policies and changes in marriage, fertility and employment, with a focus on the implications of child support policy for the well-being of divorced and never-married families, the employment and income of women who have received welfare, and the impact of married women’s growing employment and earnings on marriage patterns and the inter- and intra-household distribution of income. Ongoing research projects consider the implications of multiple partner fertility for family organization and policy, as well as the interactions of the incarceration, child welfare and child support systems.
She is also a member of the Global Health Institute’s advisory group. Here she gives a talk titled, “Complex Relationships: Family Structure & Child Poverty”