Graham Sustainability Institute

Mathieu Despard

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Assistant Professor
  • Social Work

Mat Despard, MSW, PhD, is an assistant professor with a research focus on the financial security of lower-income families and on the capacity and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving these families. 

Currently, Despard is conducting research on the outcomes of a large scale tax-time savings experiment and on employer-based financial wellness programs in partnership with colleagues at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. He also is working on research concerning rural poverty and community safety net resources, summer youth employment, the relationship between access to and use of financial services and household financial outcomes, and the capacity and financial health of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining U-M SSW, Despard was clinical associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where he taught management, community practice, and social policy courses, coordinated the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program, and served as adjunct instructor at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.