Beth Mattingly is Director of Research on Vulnerable Families at the Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire. She manages all of Carsey’s policy relevant work relating to family well-being. Topics covered by the vulnerable families research team range from refundable tax credits, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other federal programs, as well as policies that help families balance the domains of work and family like access to affordable child care and paid sick leave. Her interests center on women, children, and family well-being. Her work at Carsey examines child poverty and how different family policies affect rural, suburban, and urban families and how growing up in poverty influences life outcomes. Beth’s research also looks at obstacles to stabilities in family life and how state and federal policies may better support children and families. Beth is also a research consultant for the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. As a research consultant she works on a host of projects including developing innovative poverty measures like the California Poverty Measure and research toward understanding Hispanic poverty and inequality.
Beth has published in several academic journals, including Social Forces and Journal of Marriage and Family, and in edited volumes. Her work has been featured in Time Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, USA Today, and other media outlets. In addition, she has appeared on National Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, and California Public Radio to discuss her research. Beth completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Family Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire and received her master's and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Maryland. She has an undergraduate degree in geography from Dartmouth College.