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Michal Grinstein-Weiss

Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD

Inducted in 2019

Current Position

Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis


BA, MSW, University of Haifa; MA, University of Missouri; Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Michal Grinstein-Weiss, PhD, MA, MSW, is the Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives at the Brown School. She is the director of the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis and the Centene Center. She also serves as a nonresident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution.

As a leading researcher in social mobility, Dr. Grinstein-Weiss is an influential voice in the design of innovative social policies in the United States and internationally. She leads large-scale research initiatives promoting financial inclusion and health equity through unique collaborations of industry-academic and government-academic partnerships. Dr. Grinstein-Weiss’ research crosses disciplines, informing policy makers, scholars, industry leaders, and practitioners. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Society for Social Work and Research’s Deborah K. Padgett Early Career Achievement Award. Dr. Grinstein-Weiss received her PhD in social work from the Brown School, master’s in economics from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and her master’s in social work and Bachelor of Arts from Haifa University, Israel.

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