Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Gould-Werth is broadly interested in social mobility, participation in government social programs, and work. She received her PhD in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2015. Her dissertation research focused on racial and socioeconomic disparities surrounding job loss, Unemployment Insurance receipt, and downward mobility. She has been involved with a wide variety advocacy and social work organizations. Notable partners include: the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, the National Employment Law Project, Michigan United, the American Federation of Teachers- Michigan, Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, and Fountain House, Inc.
Examines outcomes of Self-Employment Assistance program participants and their businesses.
Demonstrates that workplace context plays a prominent role in Unemployment Insurance take-up. Using data from 45 qualitative interviews with a diverse group of workers who experienced job loss between 2007 and 2011, this study documents how the interpersonal climate at work prior to job loss, the environmental context at the time of job loss, and the structural arrangement of work interact with employee characteristics to impede or facilitate benefit access in a distinct manner.