The Russell Sage Foundation announced that Lisa Servon, Professor of Urban Policy, is one of sixteen leading social scientists appointed as Visiting Scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Russell Sage Foundation is the principal American foundation devoted exclusively to research in the social sciences.
This prestigious Visiting Scholars program, now in its thirtieth year, provides a unique opportunity for scholars to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation, and is an important part of the Foundation’s effort to analyze and understand the complex and shifting nature of social, political, and economic life in the United States.
During her residency, Lisa will draw from several years of original research to write a book examining the connections between financial insecurity and the consumer financial services industry (CFS). Lisa’s work traces the increase in the number of Americans who suffer from financial exclusion—that is, lack bank accounts and credit. She will continue her investigation into how this forces people to rely on alternative financial services such as check cashers and payday lenders.
We congratulate Lisa on her appointment.