Radha Jagannathan

Radha Jagannathan, Ph.D.

B.A., Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India; B.S., Rutgers University; M.S., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Princeton University


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, room 354

Phone (848) 932-2788

Fax (732) 932-6564

E-mail radha@rutgers.edu


Research Interests

  • Poverty, public welfare, and child welfare
  • School-to-work transition
  • Social capital and community development
  • Culture and human capital development
  • Evaluation of social programs


Undergraduate Courses

  • Demography (graduate/undergraduate)
  • Research Practicum
  • Computers in Health Research
  • Basic Statistics


Graduate Courses


Selected Publications

  • Jagannathan, R. and M. J. Camasso (2013).  The Decision to Protect Children in an Age of Outrage: A New Perspective on Child Protective Services Reform. Oxford University Press.

  • Jagannathan, R. (2012) “A Latent Growth Curve Model of Nonmarital Births, Abortions and Pregnancies: Did Welfare Reform Play a Role in Changing the Trajectories?”  Marriage & Family Review, 48:363-385.

  • Crowley, J. E., R. Jagannathan, and G. Falchettore. (2012). "The Effect of Child Support Enforcement on Abortion in the United States."  Social Science Quarterly, 93:152-172.

  • Jagannathan, R. (2011).  “Welfare Reform’s Impact on Caseload Decline:  An Application of Latent Trajectory Model.”  The Social Science Journal, 48:703-721.

  • Jagannathan, R.  and  M. J. Camasso. (2011). “The Institutionalization of Risk as Moral Outrage in Child Protective Services.” Children and Youth Services Review, 33:894-900.

  • Jagannathan, R. and M. J. Camasso. (2011). “Message and Price Components of Family Caps: Experimental Evidence from New Jersey.” Evaluation and Program Planning, 34: 292-302.

  • Jagannathan, R., M. J. Camasso and U. Sambamoorthi. (2010). “Experimental Evidence of Welfare Reform Impact on Clinical Anxiety and Depression Levels Among Poor Women.”  Social Science and Medicine, 71(1):152-160. 

  • Jagannathan, R., M. J. Camasso, and C. Harvey.  (2010). “Money or Message? The Price and Social Disapproval Effects of Family Caps on the Fertility Decisions of Women Receiving Welfare.”  Journal of Social Service Research, 36(4): 346-361.

  • Camasso, M. J. and R. Jagannathan (2009) “Why Family Caps Work: Evidence from a National Study.” Social Service Review 83(3):299-428.  Winner of Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for Best Article of the Year.

  • Jagannathan, R. (2006). “Economic Crisis and Women’s Childbearing Motivations: The Induced Abortion Response of Women on Public Assistance.”  Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention 6:52-65.

  • Jagannathan, R. and M. J. Camasso (2006).  “Public Assistance Workers’ Confidence in Welfare-to-Work Programs and the Clients they Serve.”  Journal of Administration in Social Work 30: 7-32.

  • Jagannathan, R. and M. J. Camasso (2005). “Beyond Intention to Treat Analysis in Welfare-to-Work Studies: The Efficacy of Labor Force Attachment, Human Capital Investment and Combined Strategies for Self-Sufficiency.”  Journal of Social Service Research 31: 43-60.

  • Jagannathan, R., M.J. Camasso, and M. Killingsworth (2004). “New Jersey’s Family Cap Experiment:  Do Fertility Impacts Differ by Racial Density?”  Journal of Labor Economics 22(2): 315-346.

  • Jagannathan, R., M. J. Camasso, and M. Killingsworth (2004).  “Do Family Caps on Welfare Affect Births Among Welfare Recipients? Reconciling Efficacy and Effectiveness Estimates of Impact Through a Blended Design Strategy.”  American Journal of Evaluation 25: 295-319.



Radha Jagannathan is a Professor of Urban Planning & Policy Development in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Professor Jagannathan received a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, in 1999. She has been a Visiting Research Collaborator at the Office of Population Research since 2000 and a Visiting Fellow at the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University during 2005 and 2010.

Dr. Jagannathan received a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany in 2010 to conduct seminars on policy analysis and use of econometrics at the University of Konstanz. She is the recipient of the 2010 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize from the University of Chicago for her research published in the Social Service Review. She also received a DAAD Fellowship to the University of Konstanz in 2007, and the Jerome G. Rose Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award at Rutgers in 2007.

Dr. Jagannathan’s main research interests are in the areas of public welfare and child welfare. Her recent research has examined the impact of welfare reform on women’s fertility behavior and their mental health, children’s living arrangements, poverty, and incidence of child abuse and neglect. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Research in Labor Economics, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Evaluation, Social Service Review, Child Abuse and Neglect, and Social Science & Medicine. Jagannathan recently completed a book for Oxford University Press that attempts to provide a decision making framework that makes the provision of child welfare services in the U.S. more effective.

Dr. Jagannathan’s current evaluation research involves assessment of youth employment programs in several U.S. cities sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. Collaborating with faculty from the School of Environment & Biological Sciences at Rutgers, Jagannathan has developed and implemented a nature/science exploration program called Nurture thru Nature (NtN) for New Brunswick elementary school students, which began in the Summer of 2010 and which is being evaluated using a classical experimental design. Jagannathan is also currently engaged in a comparative international study examining the role of culture in achievement of economic self-sufficiency. Her teaching interests include courses in statistics, econometrics and research methods and other substantive courses in the area of demography, community development and poverty.

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