Recent Books

Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the
Challenge for American Education (co-author, with
Richard Murnane), Cambridge, MA, Harvard Education
Press and Russell Sage Foundation, 2014.Website, including three six-minute videos of the education case studies featured in the book.
books2 Whither Opportunity: Rising Inequality, Schools, and
Children’s Life
 Chances. (co-editor, with Richard Murnane),
New York: Russell Sage, 2011.
 Appendices Review
books3 Higher Ground: New Hope for the Working Poor and
Their Children
. (with Aletha Huston and Tom Weisner),
New York: Russell Sage, 2007. 
This book was awarded the Richard A. Lester Prize by the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations published in 2007.

National Academy Reports

Parenting matters: Supporting parents of children ages 0-8.
(member of Committee on Supporting the Parents of Young Children), National Academies Press, 2016. 

The National Children’s Study 2014: An Assessment (co-editor, with
Nancy Kirkendall and Constance Citro; committee chair of
The Panel on the Design of the National Children’s Study
and Implications for the Generalizability of Results),
Washington, D.C., National Academy Press, 2014.

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable
Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century
(member of
Committee on Defining Deeper Learning and 21st Century
Skills, National Research Council), Washington, D.C.,
National Academy Press, 2012.


Children’s Health, the Nation’s Wealth: Assessing and
Improving Child Health
. (committee co-chair, with Ruth
Stein), Committee on Evaluation of Children’s Health,
National Research Council and Institute of Medicine,
Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 2004


From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early
Childhood Development
. (committee member), Jack P.
Shonkoff and Deborah Phillips, (eds.), Washington, D.C.:
National Academy Press, 2000.

Older books


 Rural Dimensions of Welfare Reform. (co-editor, with Bruce Weber and Leslie Whitener) Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2002.


For Better and For Worse: Welfare Reform and the Well-Being of Children and Families. (co-editor, with Lindsay Chase-Lansdale) New York: Russell Sage, 2001.


Neighborhood Poverty, Volume 1: Context and Consequences for Children. (co-editor with Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and J. Lawrence Aber), New York: Russell Sage, 1997.


Neighborhood Poverty, Volume 2: Policy Implications in Studying Neighborhoods.  (co-editor with Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and J. Lawrence Aber), New York: Russell Sage, 1997.


The Consequences of Growing Up Poor. (co-editor with Jeanne Brooks-Gunn), New York: Russell Sage, 1997.


Years of Poverty, Years of Plenty: The Changing Economic Fortunes of American Workers and Families. principal author, with Richard D. Coe, Mary E. Corcoran, Martha S. Hill, Saul Hoffman and James N. Morgan), Ann  Arbor: Institute for Social Research, 1984.