Laurel Sariscsany is a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist at the Columbia Population Research Center and the Center on Poverty and Social Policy. She received her PhD at the Columbia School of Social Work in February 2020 with a specialization in policy analysis. Her research focuses on financial wellbeing, with special interests in wealth and disadvantaged populations. Her research has explored a number of topics including: the gender and racial wealth gap in the US, formal and informal child support, the welfare state in the US, and the history of a 1919 lynching and riot in Omaha, NE.
At Columbia, Laurel is involved in projects examining the cost and benefits of cash welfare programs in the US, welfare states cross-nationally, and monthly fluctuations in the Supplemental Poverty Measure.