Professor, School of Social Work
Director, The Institute for Research on Poverty
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Research Interest: Magnuson’s research interests include well-being and development of economically disadvantaged children and their families. She examines how disparities in socioeconomic status (SES) affect children’s development, and how these effects may be altered by policies and programs, especially early childhood education programs. She also investigates how maternal education impacts child development.