Assistant Professor of Consumer Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Research Interest: economic sociology, sociology of finance, and social stratification literatures to examine a range of topics, including financial security among young adults and consumer access to financial services
Associate Director of Training, CFS
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Areas of Research Interest: the interplay between health and intergenerational economic mobility; inequality, demography and the structure of subnational tax systems; and how social context influences financial decision-making. Health
I joined CFS in
2019 as an Outreach Specialist after having worked for many years at the state
education agency where I focused on delivering clear policy communications and
data interpretation to a diverse array of stakeholders. The goal of this work
was to improve the educational and economic outcomes in Wisconsin, especially
for the most marginalized populations in our state. I’ve carried this aim with
me to CFS, which has the shared goal of improving economic outcomes for our
most vulnerable residents. I love to foster inter-disciplinary connections, and
CFS’ approach to the interconnected work – and home within the School of Human
Ecology – are perfectly suited to this.
background is in the social sciences. I hold a Master’s degree in Political
Science (International Relations & Human Rights). Outside of CFS, along
with my husband, I am a small business owner.
Human Development & Relationships Educator
Financial Security Work: Carol Bralich, Associate Professor, is the Human Development & Relationships Educator for the University of Wisconsin-Extension Washington County. Carol’s research and outreach have included focusing on building family financial capability skills with various audiences and strengthening relationships within family serving organizations in the community. Carol has been coordinating and teaching financial capability programs in Washington County for the past 7 years (and 3 years prior in Ozaukee County) for families and individuals associated with a variety of partners including Head Start, Casa Guadalupe Education Center, Workforce Development Center and Washington County Jail Administration. Financial topics discussed include spending plans, tracking expenses, setting financial goals and credit. Head Start families receive 8 monthly financial newsletters during the school year, with opportunities to attend financial programs. She also offers financial coaching sessions for individuals who would like support in reaching their financial goals. Carol has provided financial capability training for social workers and home visitors in Washington County as well as co-facilitated over 5 statewide UW-Extension financial coaching trainings with Peggy Olive, UW-Extension Financial Capability Specialist and the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security.
In addition, Carol is the current chair of the
Washington County Money Smart Week Planning Committee with area financial
institution representatives, consumer credit
counseling services agency and community libraries. This financial literacy
campaign is held every April with adult and child financial workshops which are
open to the public. She provides leadership in fund development and
facilitation. She also coordinates efforts to increase the number of people who
access their free credit reports by promoting UW-Extension’s “2/2, 6/6, 10/10
Credit Campaign” in Washington County.
For over 5 years, Carol co-chaired the statewide UW-Extension Family Financial Security Team, providing leadership and coordination for various financial team workgroups’ programming and evaluation efforts. Carol’s Masters of Science degree is in Family & Consumer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.