Luke Muentner, PhD, MSW

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


Website: Luke Muentner, PhD, MSW Website

Phone: (608) 263-2418

Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Department of Pediatrics
University of Minnesota Medical School
717 Delaware Street SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Curriculum Vitae

Luke Muentner (he/him), PhD, MSW, is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. Dr. Muentner graduated with his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work in 2021, where he was also a graduate research fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty. His research uses mixed methods to examine children’s coping across parents’ experiences with the criminal legal system – from arrest to release – and identify strategies to support parents’ reentry and family reunification. Throughout his work, Dr. Muentner advocates for the expansion of evidence-based rehabilitative programming and community-based alternatives to incarceration that meet individuals’ needs while simultaneously emphasizing and amplifying aspects of individual, family, and community resilience.

Dr. Muentner studies mass incarceration, community reentry, child development, and family well-being.