Yunju Nam, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo

Yunju Nam is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo – the State University of New York. She is also an affiliate of the Center for Social Development at Washington University and Gender Institute at University at Buffalo.

Her scholarly interests center around poverty, economic security, wealth disparities, and social policy. Yunju is particularly interested in asset-building policies and programs as social and economic development tools. She has conducted numerous empirical studies to examine the potential of asset-building policies and programs for long-term economic security and sustainable socioeconomic development.

Yunju has also examined the relationship between intergenerational transmission of economic resources and economic disparities. She is also studying economic security issues among vulnerable populations including immigrants, racial and ethnic minority groups, and low-income families. She has received grants from the federal government and private foundations. Her work has been published in diverse scholarly journals, including Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Social Service Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, The Gerontologist, and Social Science Research.

She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Science from the University of Michigan, a MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, a MA in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Literature from Seoul National University, Korea.