Truman School hosts Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitor Dr. Greg Duncan

Greg J. Duncan

Dr. Greg J. Duncan, Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, spent the second week of April at the University of Missouri as part of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitors Program. The program brings prominent scholars to campus to participate in academic programs and research and spend time engaging the campus and surrounding community. Duncan’s visit was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Department of Economics, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, the Department of Personal Financial Planning, the School of Social Work, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs.

Duncan led an economics seminar titled “Persistence and Fadeout in the Impacts of Child and Adolescent Interventions” and a research methods seminar titled “Risky Business: Correlation and Causation in Longitudinal Studies of Skill Development.” He also gave a public lecture, “Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education,” based on his recent book of the same name. Throughout the week, he met with faculty and students in numerous departments across campus, discussing issues of income distribution, child poverty, and welfare dependence.

In addition to his appointment at the University of California, Duncan is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University and a member of the interdisciplinary MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and the National Academy of Education in 2009. He served as president of the Population Association of American in 2007-2008 and currently is the president of the Society for Research in Child Development.