I am an urban sociologist whose research lies at the intersection of homelessness, poverty governance, and social policy. My research engages interdisciplinary debates about the management of homelessness in neoliberal cities across the globe. To this end, I draw insight from critical theory to analyze case management by Housing First providers who transition people suffering homelessness into permanent accommodation.   



    Sociology, Ph.D. 2021

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Andrew W. Mellon Fellow

    Institute for Research on Poverty Fellow

    Sociology, M.S. 2013

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Advanced Opportunity Fellow

    Psychology, B.S. 2010

    Ronald E. McNair Scholar

    Summa Cum Laude

    University of Central Florida

    Research Interests 

    Urban Sociology

    Poverty Governance

    Social Policy

    Mixed Methods


    Garrett L. Grainger, Ph.D.

    Department of Geography

    University of Wisconsin-Madison






    Geography Department

    550 N. Park St.

    Madison, WI 53706-1404