Luke Muentner

Credentials: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021, MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020; BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017

Position title: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Email: muentner@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-2418

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Luke Muentner (he/him/his). His research investigates the collateral consequences of mass incarceration and community reentry for children and families. His dissertation, titled “Reentry and family reunification: Examining the well-being of children with formerly incarcerated parents,” uses mixed methods to investigate how children’s lives change once again when a parent is released from prison. In addition to his dissertation research, Luke has worked on research projects evaluating interventions for formerly incarcerated individuals, examining the impact of COVID-19 in local jail systems, evaluating a trial of educational materials for young children with incarcerated parents, and on a multi-tiered observational study with jailed parents, non-incarcerated caregivers, and young children. Currently, Luke is co-authoring a book titled, “When are you coming? How young children cope when parents go to jail.”

Luke received his MSW from the School of Social Work at UW-Madison in 2020. His social work field placements included case management for men in reentry from jail and prison, and designing and implementing a community-based program for fathers recently released from incarceration and their family members. For the last three semesters, Luke has served as the independent instructor for an advanced level seminar, A Family Perspective on Policymaking. This social policy course teaches policy analysis from a family impact perspective, discusses successes and gaps in family-relevant policy, and introduces different avenues to influence the policymaking process. Luke’s research, practice, and teaching involves a critical analysis of system disparities and risk factors while emphasizing individual, family, and community resilience. He brings to his work strong analytical skills, a consistent track record of productivity, and a dedicated focus on equity and social justice.

Interests: Incarceration, community reentry, justice-involved families, criminal justice reform; social policy, social welfare, poverty; family well-being, family instability, fatherhoodDissertation: Reentry and family reunification: Examining the well-being of children with formerly incarcerated parents anticipated Graduation: 2021

Dissertation: Reentry and family reunification: Examining the well-being of children with formerly incarcerated parents

Anticipated Graduation: 2021