Sarah Jiyoon Kwon

Sarah is a doctoral student focusing on social policy analysis at the Columbia School of Social Work under the supervision of Dr. Jane Waldfogel. The overarching aim of her research efforts is to understand family well-being and child development and their dynamic relationships with social policies. She is currently working on a cross-national project investigating the development of inequalities in child development. As a graduate research assistant to this international study, she delves into quantitative analyses to provide new evidence on disparities in child outcomes and family experiences from national and global contexts. Prior to joining Columbia, Sarah served as a program specialist at the Korea Ministry of Education. She also worked as a research assistant at the Korea Institute of Public Administration. She holds an MSc in Social Policy (Research) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She earned her MPA in Public Policy and BA in Consumer and Child Studies from Seoul National University.

Research Interests

Adverse Childhood Experiences
Child Policy
Early Interventions or Prenatal to Age Three Interventions
Family Leave
Family Policy
Health Inequities
Human Capital and Children
Immigrant Children or Children of Immigrants
Income Based Interventions
Long Reach of Childhood or Childhood Origins of Adult Health
Policy (policies)
Social Policy
Social Determinants
Social Stratification
State Child Health Programs
Parenthood Programs


Administrative Data (state or national)
American Time Use Survey
Early Childhood Longitudinal Studies Program or other Institute of Education Sciences Data