Alpha of Kansas - since 1890

Visiting Scholar

James X. Sullivan

February 19-21, 2020

The Kansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is proud to host Visiting Scholar James Sullivan at the University of Kansas. 

Public Lecture

"How has America fared in the War on Poverty?"

Over fifty years ago, President Johnson declared a war on poverty. With this war came a dramatic expansion in government programs that included health insurance for the poor and elderly, food subsidies to promote nutrition, educational programs for preschool age children, as well as other programs. How have we fared in this war? In this lecture Sullivan will discuss the effect of these programs on poverty over the past five decades, and highlight some of the key lessons learned from national efforts to improve outcomes for low-income individuals and families.

February 20, 5:30 PM

Colloquium, Capitol Federal Hall

Free and Open to the Public

James Sullivan is a Professor of Economics and Gilbert F. Schaefer College Chair at the University of Notre Dame. 
 
Professor Sullivan was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on Social Impact Partnerships and serves on the National Poverty Center Advisory Board. His research examines the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at the national, state, and local level. He also studies the consumption, saving, and borrowing behavior of poor households, as well as poverty and inequality measurement. Sullivan has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, many of which appear in the top economics journals. Sullivan currently serves as Director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a research center he co-founded in 2012 that works with service providers and policymakers to identify evidence-based solutions to poverty in America. LEO evaluates program effectiveness using randomized controlled trial experiments and quasi-experimental methods, often relying on administrative data. 

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. Read more about the History of the Visiting Scholar Program​ here

Questions? Email pbk@ku.edu!


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