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

Eleanor Pratt is a 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 broadly. Pratt is a skilled qualitative researcher and project manager. 

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 Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago. She started her career as a research assistant at the Urban Institute.

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