Richard Rodems is a postdoctoral research fellow with Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. His research interests include material hardship in the United States, poverty measurement, and racial disparities in material hardship rates. He also has research lines on the connection between conceptions of social justice and forms of civic participation and on the welfare state as a system of stratification. At Poverty Solutions, he primarily works on initiatives related to homelessness among public school students. During his fellowship, he also is working with Professor Fabian Pfeffer, of U-M’s Institute for Social Research and Sociology, on comparing the dynamics of affluence in the U.S. and Germany. He holds a joint doctoral degree in social work and sociology and a Master of Social Work degree, both from the University of Michigan.