Gary W. Reinbold

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Gary W. Reinbold is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration and a Faculty Associate in the Institute for Legal, Legislative and Policy Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2010 and also holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University Chicago. While at Harvard, he twice received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Student Teaching. Prior to his doctoral studies, he practiced law with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the international law firm of Mayer Brown LLP. At UIS, Gary regularly teaches Analytical Methods (PAD 503), the Capstone Seminar (PAD 571), International Poverty, Inequality and Development (PAD 521), and U.S. Social Policy (PAD 522).

Gary’s research interests involve social policy analysis. In particular, he seeks to integrate empirical and legal methods to analyze laws and policies affecting child well-being, both in the United States and internationally. His dissertation examined the relationship between economic inequality and children’s health in Bangladesh and Kenya and the treatment of children’s health under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; that research was published in Population and Development Review and The International Journal of Children’s Rights. More recently, in research published in the Journal of Policy Practice, he analyzed the effects of U.S. tax and transfer programs on economic inequality and the response of U.S. transfer programs to earned income increases. His later work, published in the Journal of Children and Poverty, compares the relationships and mechanisms from the Official Poverty Measure and the Supplemental Poverty Measure to outcomes for U.S. children. Currently, he is examining the interactive relationships of U.S. transfer programs and parenting practices with child outcomes.

Outside of work, Gary actively follows political and policy debates at the international, federal, and state levels. He has a longstanding interest in classic literature, classic movies and television, and acoustic music. He attempts to play piano, guitar, golf, and chess, with varying degrees of success. And above all, he enjoys exploring the local museums, parks, and playgrounds with his wife Jeana, daughters Zoe and Hannah, and dog April.

Contact Info:

Office: PAC 422
Telephone: (217) 206-8568