Michael M. Joo (Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis) is an associate professor at Rutgers University's School of Social Work. He is interested in examining how social welfare policies and economic inequalities affect various child outcomes. He examined the long-term effects of early childhood education programs on children's social, behavior, and cognitive outcomes with a focus on Head Start for low-income children. He also examined how volatilities of family income affect children's well-being. He expanded his research area to children from low-income immigrant families to study how the experience of immigration affects their outcomes. Prior to joining the school, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Martha N. Ozawa (MNO) Center for Social Policy Studies at the Brown School of Social Work. He is currently the co-investigator of Childcare Market Price Study and Childcare Narrow Cost Study, funded by the NJ Department of Human Services. He is also the co-investigator of the 2021-2022 Occupational regulatory research project funded by the Association for Social Work Boards. His work has appeared in journals such as Social Service Review, Monthly Labor Review, Education and Urban Society, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, Social Work Research, and Children and Youth Services Review. 

Courses Taught: 

  • Advanced Statistical Methods II:
  • Applied Regression and Related Multivariate Methods (Ph.D.)
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services II (BASW)
  • Policy Perspectives on Poverty and Inequality (MSW)
  • Methods of Social Work Research I (MSW)
  • Methods of Social Work Research II (MSW)