I hold the Wendell H. Ford Professorship in Public Policy and am an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Kentucky. I also serve as the Associate Director of Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, where I am Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD and MPA programs. My research agenda includes questions about how public policy affects economic mobility and financial security, primarily focused on education.

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Call for Papers: Social and Community Consequences of the Opioid Epidemic

The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Volume editors and conference organizers: Rajeev Darolia (University of Kentucky) and Colleen Heflin (Syracuse University)

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We invite proposals for papers to be included in a volume aimed at improving our understanding of the consequences of the opioid epidemic in a variety of societal and community domains. Potential topics for the special issue include, but are not limited to, the link between the opioid epidemic and: household formation; child maltreatment & foster care; labor markets; education; housing security; food security & SNAP participation; state and local budgets; intergenerational effects; crime; or inequality. We also welcome proposals that focus on topics not listed above. Papers should not only analyze and document the consequences of the opioid epidemic in a social and community domains, but should also address the role of public policy in ways that suggest pathways to policy solutions.

This project will have two products: a conference scheduled for January 2022 and a volume of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

To submit a proposal, please submit a proposal abstract and biographical sketches by email to by May 7, 2021.