Scott W. Allard

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  • Associate Professor in the School of Social Service Administration


Scott W. Allard is a leading expert on poverty and services to the poor as well as the financial crisis in social service agencies and nonprofits.

He is the author of Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State (Yale University Press, 2008), which explores the accessibility and stability of social service agencies serving low-income populations in urban America. This book and related papers draw on two surveys he completed with more than 2,000 governmental and nonprofit social service providers in seven urban and rural communities. Currently, Allard is working on a book project examining the suburbanization of poverty in America and several projects exploring how families are coping with the effects of the Great Recession.

Prior to his faculty position at UChicago, Allard was an assistant professor in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and assistant professor in Political Science and Public Policy at Brown University. Allard has been a Housing and Urban Development Urban Scholar, as well as a visiting scholar at the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research. He received his PhD in political science from the University of Michigan.