Kevin LeichtDirector, Institute for Inequality Studies, Director, Social Science Research Center, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa
Kevin Leicht is Director of the Institute for Inequality Studies (IIS), which promotes research on the causes and consequences of the myriad forms of social inequality. He also directs the Social Science Research Center (SSRC), an interdisciplinary institution dedicated to furthering social science research and practice across the University of Iowa and developing ways to connect that research to the broader community. As a Professor of Sociology, Dr. Leicht’s interests include the sociology of work, social stratification, and political sociology. His current research examines the development of economic development programs by the U.S. states and the causes and consequences of corporate restructuring. Professor Leicht holds a PhD from Indiana University. To visit Dr. Leicht's web page, click here.
Lily FrenchResearch Associate and Outreach Coordinator, Iowa Policy Project
Lily French joined the Iowa Policy Project (IPP) in 2008. A former policy analyst for the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, she also directed a women's business center in Madison, Wis., before returning to Iowa. Over the past 10 years, she has served as an advisor to state and local government officials on issues of child care, workforce development and microenterprise development. She holds an MSW from the University of Michigan and a BA in Sociology from the University of Iowa. Ms. French’s research for IPP concentrates on policy analysis to advance the economic opportunity of all Iowans. She also coordinates IPP outreach efforts, predominantly around state fiscal and economic policy, with a variety of constituent groups, legislators and others to ensure IPP work is relevant and widely distributed. For more information about Ms. French, click here.