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Julia Henly

Julia R. Henly

Inducted in 2022

Current Position

Professor in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago



Julia Henly is a Professor in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at the University of Chicago, where she chairs the PhD program and co-directs the Employment Instability, Family Well-being, and Social Policy Network. Henly’s scholarship aims to advance understanding of the economic and caregiving strategies of low-income families to inform the design and improve the effectiveness of work-family policies and public benefits, especially child care policy. Her ongoing projects investigate equity in child care subsidy access and the effects of recent subsidy policy changes on program dynamics; the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on child care programs; parental child care decision making in Latinx communities; and the prevalence and consequences of precarious work schedules on work-family outcomes.

Henly is a 2018 Society for Social Work and Research Fellow, a 2016 Interdisciplinary Research Leadership Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a 2016 Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She received her B.A. with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her scholarship has received funding from both federal agencies and private foundations and is published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited book volumes.

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