Dr. Elizabeth A. Segal is a social policy analyst with a background in professional social work. She currently holds the position of Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. She has served on the faculties of three major universities and spent a year as a Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC through the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The focus of her scholarship has been to understand our social welfare system and the impact of public policies and programs on disenfranchised populations, particularly poor families, people who are homeless, and others who suffer from social inequalities
Dr. Segal was the co-founder of The Journal of Poverty. She and her co-editor conceptualized the idea of creating a journal for discussions on poverty and inequality from numerous perspectives and disciplines. The journal is now in its thirteenth year of publication. Using The Journal of Poverty as the foundation, Dr. Segal has co-edited six books on poverty and inequality.
Dr. Segal’s current research is on social empathy, the application of empathic insights into creating better social welfare policies and programs. She has begun work on creating a compendium of methods to teach social empathy and an instrument to measure people’s inclination towards social empathy. The goal is to develop the instrument to use it as a future tool to gauge the effectiveness of the teaching methods.