Allison C. De Marco
Allison De Marco, MSW, PhD, is an Advanced Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Adjunct Faculty at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on poverty, neighborhood effects, work and family, and well-being for residents of rural communities. She examines issues of economic transitions and family work conditions and their effects on families in rural communities. She serves as PI of an ACF-funded project focusing on child care subsidy use in rural counties in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to understand how low-income rural families use child care subsidies, the quality of care they receive, and how subsidy use is related to child outcomes and parental work conditions with data from the Family Life Project (FLP), a unique, representative sample of rural families who were followed longitudinally from the birth of one of their children in six low-wealth counties in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. She is also examining the impact of the recession on the employment experiences of rural families in the FLP.
Dr. De Marco serves on several community organizations related to poverty and social justice. She serves as the Chair of the Leadership Team of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, the steering committee for Orange County's Project Connect, an initiative of the Partnership, and is a leader with the Fair Jobs and Wages Research Team of Orange County Justice United, an Industrial Areas Foundation-affiliated community organizing organization. She also volunteers with UNC's Community Empowerment Fund, a relationship-based asset-development program for low-income residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina. In addition, Dr. De Marco is engaged in racial equity work through the Organizing Against Racism Alliance (OAR).
Children Living in Poverty
Early Childhood Policy
Rural Poverty, Work & Family