Colleen Heflin is a professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and International Affairs and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University. She conducts policy-relevant research that sits at the boundaries of sociology, economics, public health, public administration, and women’s studies. The broad aim of her research is to understand the processes that create systems and patterns of social stratification and, more specifically, to examine welfare policy and the well-being of vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the causes and consequences of material hardship. Dr. Heflin’s research has appeared in leading journals such as the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and the Journal of Policy Analysis & Management. In 2014, her paper on community social capital was awarded the W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the American Sociological Association. Dr. Heflin’s research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Heflin contributes regularly to national policy and legislative discussions: She participated in the 2013 National Academies Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities in Child Hunger and Food Insecurity and a Congressional Briefing on the War on Poverty in 2014.