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Eleanor Pratt
Senior Research Associate
Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population

Eleanor Pratt is a senior research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute. Her work focuses on racial equity, the social safety net, and policies related to poverty and family well-being. Pratt has a decade of experience planning and implementing qualitative studies and managing research projects and teams. Her past work has included comprehensive reviews of racial and ethnic disparities in human services; studies of participant experiences with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, and other safety net programs; and supporting a field-building initiative focused on upward mobility from poverty. Pratt also has experience with participatory methods, including convening community advisory boards.

Pratt started her career as a research assistant at the Urban Institute. Before rejoining Urban, Pratt translated research to policy at the Institute for Research on Poverty, wrote and managed grants with Heartland Alliance, and worked in the Chicago mayor’s office.

Pratt holds a BA in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College and an MPA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Research Areas
Social safety net
Race and equity
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net