Roberta Rehner Iversen

Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Iversen uses ethnographic research to better understand and improve welfare and workforce development policy and programs and to extend knowledge about economic mobility, especially in relation to families who are working but still poor.

Dr. Iversen’s ethnographic accounts illuminate what low-income working parents need from secondary schools, job training organizations, businesses and firms, their children’s public schools, and public policy in order to earn enough to support their families through work.

Housing policy in Milwaukee, WI and workforce development programs and policy in New Orleans, LA, Seattle, WA, St. Louis, MO, and Philadelphia, PA have been improved by findings from Dr. Iversen’s research.

Dr. Iversen’s book, Jobs Aren’t Enough: Toward a New Economic Mobility for Low-Income Families (2006; Temple University Press) presents new ways to increase the economic mobility of low-income families.

Past Appearances

Knowledge @Wharton: February 20, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Nicolaj Siggelkow, Amy Castro Baker (Assistant Professor, School for Social Practice and Policy, University of Pennsylvania), Robert Kelchen (Professor, Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy, Seton Hall University), Roberta Rehner Iversen (Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania), Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland), William Burke-White (Deputy Dean and Professor of Law; Inaugural Director, World Perry House, University of Pennsylvania Law School), and Laura Perna (Professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education) on the Tuesday, February 20, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: January 23, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Rogers Smith (Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania), Scott Baker (Assistant Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management), Amir Husain (Founder and CEO, SparkCognition Inc.), Amy Castro Baker (Assistant Professor, School for Social Practice and Policy, University of Pennsylvania), Robert Boland J.D. (Athletics Integrity Officer; CEO and Principal, Penn State University; Boland Sports Practice), Roberta Rehner Iversen (Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania), and Ken Shropshire (Wharton Professor Emeritus; CEO of the Global Sport Institute, The Wharton School) on the Tuesday, January 23, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Knowledge @Wharton: March 21, 2017

Host Dan Loney is joined by Robert Hawkins (McSilver Assistant Professor, Poverty Studies; Assistant Dean and Director, Undergraduate Program; McSilver Faculty Fellow, Silver School of Social Work, NYU), Lorin Hitt (Zhang Jindong Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, The Wharton School), Matt Caulfield (PhD Student, The Wharton School), Leigh Gallagher (Assistant Managing Editor; Author of “The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions…and Created Plenty of Controversy”, Fortune), Peter Conti-Brown (Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania), Lisa Cook Ph.D. (Associate Professor Economics and International Relations, Michigan State Univerisity), and Roberta Rehner Iversen (Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania) on the Tuesday, March 21, 2017 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Knowledge @Wharton: March 11, 2016

Host Dan Loney is joined by Fred Kaplan (Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist), Yesim Orhun (Assistant Professor of Marketing, University of Michigan), Shellye Archambeau (CEO, Metricstream), Cesar Marzan (Associate Professor of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology), Roberta Rehner Iversen (Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania), and Peter Cappelli (Professor of Management; Director of the Center for Human Resources; Author, The Wharton School) on the Friday, March 11, 2016 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, March 11, 2016

Knowledge @Wharton: May 29, 2015

Host Dan Loney is joined by Warren Barton (Studio Analyst; Former English Soccer Player, Fox Soccer), Liz Schott (Senior Fellow, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Welfare Reform and Income Support Division), Henry Juszkiewicz (Chairman and CEO, Gibson Guitar Corporation), Roberta Rehner Iversen (Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania), R. Polk Wagner (Intellectual Property Professor, Penn Law), Andrew Brandt (Director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law; ESPN NFL Business Analyst; Podcast host of “The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt”, Villanova University), and Jennifer Golbeck (Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland) on the Friday, May 29, 2015 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.Read More

Air Date: Friday, May 29, 2015

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Dr. Iversen uses ethnographic research to better understand and improve welfare and workforce development policy and programs and to extend knowledge about economic mobility, especially in relation to families who are working but still poor. Dr. Iversen’s ethnographic accounts illuminate what low-income working parents need from secondary schools, job trainingRead More

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