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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

Education

PhD

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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