Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives
Founding Director, Envolve Center for Health Behavior Change
Director, Social Policy Institute
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Washington University in St. Louis

Professor Grinstein-Weiss is a national and international expert in social and economic mobility; asset development research and policy; and international comparative social policy. Michal Grinstein-Weiss is a Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School. She is the director and founder of The Envolve Center For Health Behavior Change, the Founding Director of the Assets-Building Research Group at UNC, a non resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Research Associate with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, and she is a Faculty fellow at the Center for Urban & Regional Studies, and the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity in UNC


United States Senate Hearing on Aging

Research Interests: Social Policy, Policy Analysis, Public Health, Poverty, Inequality, Asset Building, Program Evaluation, Social and Economic Development


Dr. Grinstein-Weiss research interests focus on public policies related to issues of economic inequality and social development. Specifically, she is interested in policies and programs that promote the well-being of low-income families and their communities. She received her Ph.D. in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.


Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor

Michal earned her master's degree in economics from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and received both her master's and bachelor's degrees in social work from the University of Haifa, Israel. Before coming to Washington University in St. Louis, Michal was an associate Professor at the University of North Caroline.


Dr. Grinstein-Weiss has been selected as the winner of the 2011 Society for Social work and Research Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award. “The Distinguished Achievement Award recognizes cumulative career accomplishments that set the awardee apart from other leaders in social work research regarding the extent to which their contributions have advanced the state of the art of social work research and/or its utilization." (SSWR website) UNC news release, Washington University news release, CCC news release.

Dr. Grinstein-Weiss on National Public Radio (NPR)
"The State of Things"
with Frank Stasio "What's So Great About Being Middle Class?
"St. Louis on the Air"
Restoring Household Financial Stability Post Recession
"Market Place"
Persuading us to save not spend our tax refund

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