KATHRYN J. EDIN is one of the nation's leading poverty researchers, recognized for using both quantitative research and direct, in-depth observation to illuminate key mysteries about people living in poverty: "In a field of poverty experts who rarely meet the poor, Edin usefully defies convention" (The New York Times). Her books include Promises I Can't Keep: WhyPoor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage and Doing the Best I Can:Fatherhood in the Inner City. In 2014, Edin was named a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is now a professor of sociology and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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