Credentials: MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020; BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
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Luke Muentner (he/him/his) is in his fourth year of doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Social Work and is a Graduate Research Fellow with the Institute for Research on Poverty. 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