Center for Social Concerns faculty member appointed editor of Poverty and Public Policy Journal

By: JP Shortall

February 4, 2019

Connie Snyder Mick, director of academic affairs at the Center for Social Concerns and co-director of the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor co-housed in the College of Arts and Letters and the Center for Social Concerns, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Poverty and Public Policy (PPP), an academic journal focused on research related to poverty, welfare, and economic inequality worldwide.

Established in 2009 by the Policy Studies Organization, PPP publishes peer-reviewed empirical studies, peer-reviewed theoretical essays on approaches to poverty and social welfare, book reviews, data sets, edited blogs, and incipient data from scholars, aid workers, and other practitioners in less developed nations and nations that are just beginning to focus on these problems in a scientific way. PPP is available in 29,000 libraries worldwide.

“Connie’s scholarly focus on questions of writing and poverty makes her a great choice for the next editor-in-chief of Poverty and Public Policy,” said Rev. Kevin Sandberg, C.S.C., Leo and Arlene Hawk Executive Director of the Center for Social Concerns. “And given the centrality of the option for the poor in Catholic social teaching, a journal focused on poverty research that leads to policy solutions is a perfect fit at the center and the University.”

In her role at the center, Snyder Mick teaches the capstone and an elective for Poverty Studies, and she works with faculty to design and implement academic community engagement in courses across the University. Every summer, she leads the Community Engagement Faculty Institute, a three-day immersion into the theory and practice of community-engaged research, teaching, and learning that leads to positive social impact.

“I am grateful to the journal for the confidence they have placed in me and hope to advance the important work of its founding editor, Max Skidmore,” said Snyder Mick. “Poverty and Public Policy will continue to provide a critical space for identifying obstacles and proposing solutions to address poverty worldwide.”

Snyder Mick’s research interests include assessment of community engagement to measure impact on student learning and community development, the function of community engagement and service-learning in socio-cultural acquisition among English language learners, the role of writing in social change, the rhetoric of poverty, and the pedagogies of community engagement. She is also a governing board member of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty , a collaboration among 26 colleges and universities that integrates classroom study of poverty with summer internships.

She has published Good Writing: An Argument Rhetoric, Oxford University Press (2018) and Poverty/Privilege: A Reader for Writers, Oxford University Press (2015) as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters in her research areas.

Contact: JP Shortall, director of communications and advancement, (574) 631-3209,


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