Research Interests: Poverty and stratification; resilience; social welfare policy; natural disasters; social demography; family; migration
Tyler Woods is a Doctoral Student in Sociology. Tyler was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He received his BA in Sociology with a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities from Rice University. Prior to Harvard, Tyler worked as a research analyst at the Urban Institute’s Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population. While at Urban, he conducted research on the safety net and the social and economic well-being of low-income and vulnerable children and families, including projects related to cash assistance, Head Start, subsidized childcare, and healthy marriage and relationship education programs. His portfolio of work also included studies on veteran families, children of immigrants, refugee integration, and racial and ethnic disparities in human services.
Broadly, his research interests include poverty, inequality, social welfare policy, natural disasters, and migration. His current work investigates the public and private safety nets that low-income households draw upon following a natural disaster. He serves as a research assistant on the Resilience in Survivors of Katrina (RISK) project, and he is a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
BA in Sociology with a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities, Rice University, 2015