Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The La Follette School and the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have a longstanding reciprocal relationship. IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. As one of three Area Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it has a particular interest in poverty and family welfare in the Midwest.

Five La Follette faculty members have served as IRP directors or associate directors. Many La Follette faculty are IRP faculty affiliates, and many La Follette students conduct research as part of IRP projects.

La Follette School faculty, IRP directors

Timothy Smeeding, 2008-2014
Maria Cancian, 2004-2008
Barbara Wolfe, 1994-2000
Bob Haveman, 1971-1975