Professor Jennie Romich teaches social welfare policy and policy practice classes.
She studies resources and economic well-being in families with an emphasis on low-income workers, household budgets, and families’ interactions with public policy. Her recent projects include research into effective marginal tax rates created by means-tested benefit schedules and the tax system; an investigation of income of families involved with the child welfare system; and mixed-method evaluations of local policy interventions, including the City of the Seattle Paid Safe and Sick Time Ordinance and $15 minimum wage.
Romich serves as faculty director of the West Coast Poverty Center and is an active member of the Center for Studies of Demography and Ecology. She co-leads the national effort on “Reducing Extreme Economic Inequality” for the American Academy of Social Work & Social Welfare’s Grand Challenges Initiative .
Romich holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and earned a doctorate in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.