Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems, Columbia School of Social Work
Irwin Garfinkel is the co-founding director of the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC). Of the 37 population research centers funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), CPRC is the only one to have been founded within a school of social work. Its signature area is children, youth, and families. A social worker and an economist by training, he has authored or co-authored over 200 scientific articles and 16 books, including, most recently, Wealth and Welfare States: Is America Laggard or Leader?