Kathryn Edin, a newcomer to the Johns Hopkins University community, comes to us from Harvard University. Kathryn is a prominent sociologist who studies families in poverty. She is particularly noted for books detailing how single mothers make ends meet, why poor women prioritize motherhood before marriage, and how economic and cultural changes have altered the role of fathers among the inner-city poor. At Harvard, Kathryn has been professor of public policy and management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government since 2007 and chair of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. She was recently named a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. At Johns Hopkins, she will be a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with appointments in the departments of Sociology and Population, Family and Reproductive Health. She will take a lead role in the Institute for the American City and teach in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and the Bloomberg School of Public Health.