Kathryn Edin Biography

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. A qualitative and mixed-method researcher, she has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work: How do single mothers possibly survive on welfare? Why don’t more go to work? Why do they end up as single mothers in the first place? Where are the fathers and why do they disengage from their children’s lives? How have the lives of the single mothers changed as a result of welfare reform? The hallmark of her research is her direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income women, men, and children.

Edin has authored 8 books and some 60 journal articles. $2 a Day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America, co-authored with Luke Shaefer, was met with wide critical acclaim. It was included in The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015, cited as “essential reporting about the rise in destitute families.”

Edin is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation, was a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and was a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. In 2014, she was elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance in 2017 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. Edin received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Park University and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University. She has previously taught at Rutgers University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University.

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Kathryn Edin Videos

Having Children in Poverty: Kathryn Edin
Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer - $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost ...
How to Address Poverty, with Kathy Edin

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Kathryn Edin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Sciences, Economy and Education. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kathryn Edin for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Kathryn Edin generally travels from Baltimore, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mia Birdsong, Richard Rothstein and Liz Dozier. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kathryn Edin for an upcoming event.

Kathryn Edin Videos

Having Children in Poverty: Kathryn Edin
Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer - $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost ...
How to Address Poverty, with Kathy Edin

Kathryn Edin Reviews

  • Pisgah Legal - Oct 17 2018

  • The experience with the AAE team was great and felt like they tried to gain a deep understanding of the event and visit from the beginning. The communication was incredibly timely and detailed and they were patient with us as we finalized details. Throughout Dr. Edin’s visit, they stayed in communication to make sure everything was going well and I felt incredibly supported throughout the entire process. The relationship with the AAE team felt much more personal than other interactions we’ve had with agencies in the past, and it was much appreciated. Dr. Edin was flexible, personable, and made sure to treat each group like they were her only group that day. She made a great impression on our campus and the reviews have been phenomenal thus far.
    North Carolina State University - Aug 23 2018

  • We have no complaints. I especially enjoyed working with The AAE Logistics Team. They provided top notch service and assistance and were just generally really nice to work with. Kathy Edin was a delight - so personable and accessible and everyone enjoyed that!
    United Ministries - May 18 2018

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How to book Kathryn Edin?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Kathryn Edin for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Kathryn Edin, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Kathryn Edin or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Kathryn Edin?

Booking fees for Kathryn Edin, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Kathryn Edin, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Kathryn Edin?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Kathryn Edin for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Kathryn Edin for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Kathryn Edin or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Kathryn Edin or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Kathryn Edin is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Sciences, Economy and Education. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kathryn Edin for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Kathryn Edin generally travels from Baltimore, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Mia Birdsong, Richard Rothstein and Liz Dozier. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kathryn Edin for an upcoming event.

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