2019-2020 University Catalog [under review] 
    Jun 18, 2019  
2019-2020 University Catalog [under review]

Poverty and Human Capability Studies (POV)

Poverty and inequality pose some of today's most pressing moral and social challenges. The Shepherd Program integrates thought and action to prepare students from different majors, different career paths, and different political perspectives to understand and address the causes and consequences of poverty in ways that respect the dignity of every person.  

Students weave together poverty-related courses across campus (economics, education, law, philosophy, politics, sociology, and more) and related service and internship experiences across the county, the country, and the world. Those pursuing a minor in poverty studies also complete capstone research that connects their concerns about poverty and inequality with their future civic and professional lives.

Program Head: Howard Pickett

Core Faculty

First date is the year in which the faculty member began service as regular faculty at the University. Second date is the year of appointment to the present rank.

N. Melina Bell, Ph.D.—(2005)-2017
Professor of Philosophy and Law
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Timothy M. Diette, Ph.D.—(2004)-2019
Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Jonathan Eastwood, Ph.D.—(2006)-2010
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Boston University

Arthur H. Goldsmith, Ph.D.—(1990)-1996
Jackson T. Stephens Professor of Economics
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Christopher M. Handy, Ph.D.—(2013)-2013
Assistant Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Cornell University

John D. King, J.D., LL.M.—(2008)-2013
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
LL.M., Georgetown University

Deborah Miranda, Ph.D.—(2004)-2013
John Lucian Smith Jr. Professor of English
Ph.D., University of Washington

Karla K. Murdock, Ph.D.—(2005)-2013
David G. Elmes Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., University of Georgia

Marcos Perez, Ph.D.—(2016)-2018
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin

Howard Y. Pickett, Ph.D.—(2011)-2019
Associate Professor of Poverty and Human Capability
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Joan M. Shaughnessy, J.D.—(1983)-1994
Roger D. Groot Professor of Law
J.D., University of Chicago

Katharine L. Shester, Ph.D.—(2011)-2011
Assistant Professor of Economics
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Erin Taylor, Ph.D.—(2016)-2016
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles


Interdisciplinary Minor