Tim Smeeding named “Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics”

Tim Smeeding, former LIS Director, has received a prestigious award from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The award granted Tim a named professorship, and invited him to select the name. Tim chose the title: Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics. For over two decades, Lee was LIS’ Research Director; he was a cherished colleague to all of us at LIS.

The University of Wisconsin announcement noted: “Lee was a gifted scholar whose classic works on ghetto life and the culture of poverty, human capital and social policy forged new pathways for many younger scholars who were in his debt” Smeeding said about his mentor, friend and co-author who died in 2015.

The LIS directors and staff congratulate Tim, and we celebrate his decision to honor Lee in this way.

March 22, 2016 | News