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Myungkook Joo

Associate Professor

PhD, Washington in St. Louis

Dr. Joo's research interests include early childhood development, analyses of policies and programs designed to help low-income children, and effects of poverty and economic inequality on children's outcomes.

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Myungkook Joo (Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis) is an associate professor at Rutgers University's School of Social Work. He is interested in examining how social welfare policies and economic inequalities affect various child outcomes. He recently examined the long-term effects of early childhood education programs on children's social, behavior, and cognitive outcomes with a focus on Head Start for low-income children. He also examined how volatilities of family income affect children's well-being. He is currently expanding his research area to children from low-income immigrant families to study how the experience of immigration affects their outcomes. Prior to joining the school, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Martha N. Ozawa (MNO) Center for Social Policy Studies at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. He is still affiliated with the MNO Center and conducts international comparison studies on the differential impacts of welfare policies on the economic well-being of low-income families. His work has appeared in Social Work Research, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of Policy Practice, and Journal of Social Policy and Social Work.

Courses Taught: 

  • Advanced Statistical Methods II:
  • Applied Regression and Related Multivariate Methods (Ph.D.)
  • Social Welfare Policy and Services II (BASW)
  • Policy Perspectives on Poverty and Inequality (MSW)
  • Methods of Social Work Research I (MSW)
  • Methods of Social Work Research II (MSW) 

Selected Recent Publications: 

Joo, M., & Kim, J. (2014). National high school graduation rate: Are recent birth cohorts taking more time to graduate? Education and Urban Society. DOI: 10.1177/0013124514529328

Kim, J., & Joo, M. (2013). Trend in US-born dropouts’ GED and postsecondary degree acquisition: Differences by gender and race/ethnicity. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 4(3), 171-181.

Joo, M., & Kim, J. (2013). Net effects of poverty on welfare use and dependency among children by family immigration and citizenship statuses. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(9), 1556-1565.

Joo, M. (2013b). How much does change in the proportion of children living in immigrant families contribute to change in the poverty rate among children? Social Service Review, 87(3), 556-585.

Joo, M. (2013a). Explaining heterogeneity in the child poverty rate among immigrant families: Differences by parental citizenship. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(4), 668-677.

Kim, J., & Joo, M. (2011). Did PRWORA’s mandatory school attendance policy increase attendance among targeted teenage girls? Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 1616-1623.

Joo, M. (2011). Effects of federal programs on children: Absolute poverty, relative poverty, and income inequality. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(7), 1203-1211.

Joo, M. (2010). Long-term effects of Head Start on academic and school outcomes of children in persistent poverty: Girls vs. boys. Children and Youth Services Review, 32(6), 807-814.

Ozawa, M., Joo, M., & Baek, S. (2010). Women versus men: Comparisons of three types of transfers in Korea and the U.S. Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, 16(1), 42-61.

Kim, J., & Joo, M. (2009). Work-related activities of single mothers before and after welfare reform. Monthly Labor Review, 132(12), 3-17.

Ozawa, M., Baek, S., & Joo, M. (2009). The impact of social transfers on children in female-headed households: A comparison between Korea and the United States. Children and Youth Services Review, 31(3), 355-363.

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