Megan Reid is a sociologist currently serving as a National Poverty Fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty.  Her research examines the relationships among families, social inequalities, and social policies, primarily using qualitative methods. Megan’s current work focuses on the consequences of criminalization and criminal justice involvement for low-income people of color and their families. She also continues her line of research on family formation and structure among low-income families in the context of family complexity.

Megan recently received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to begin a new qualitative research project about housing instability, family reunification/formation, and other challenges low-income men reentering from incarceration may face, and is interested in the reverberating impacts mass incarceration has on low-income Black and Latino families and communities. She is also currently working on a project about low-income Black mothers parenting teenagers in the context of the criminalization of Black youth with her colleague Sinikka Elliott. Additionally, Megan continues to work on papers analyzing data from prior projects, described below, and collaborates with colleagues at Wisconsin and elsewhere on various writing projects.

Megan is currently in residence at the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families in Washington DC.  As a National Poverty Fellow, she provides input and oversight to federal research and evaluation projects that examine policies and programs designed to support the economic and social well-being of low-income families, from proposal review to research design to final reports and recommendations.  She currently works on projects that examine and/or evaluate marriage and fatherhood programs, incarcerated parent reentry, racial disparities in social service delivery, and the relationship between housing and family formation.  This position provides her with firsthand experience to better understand the relationship between social science research and policy.

Prior to joining IRP, Megan was a Project Director at the National Development and Research Institutes in the Institute for Special Population Research, directing an interdisciplinary project that examined partnering and co-parenting among cohabiting low-income Black adults who live in high poverty areas in New York City. The study sought to examine how cohabitation influences partnering decisions, parental responsibilities, and child development and well-being. It employed the mixed-methods approach of a longitudinal panel study and an embedded ethnography over a five year period. Thus far, Dr. Reid and her colleagues have published study findings in the Journal of Marriage and Family, the Journal of Family Issuesthe Journal of African American Studies, the Journal of Family Psychology, and Couple and Family Psychology. Additionally, she has presented findings from this study at conferences sponsored by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, The American Sociological Association, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Dr. Reid received her MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation focused on the housing and family-related experiences of displaced Hurricane Katrina survivors, and how this varied by race, class, and gender. This work was published in Sociological Forum and the Journal of Family Issues.  Click the link below to view her current CV: