Elaine Waxman, PhD MPP
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Urban Institute
  • Chicago, IL USA


Elaine Waxman is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her expertise includes food insecurity, nutrition, the food assistance safety net and social determinants of health disparities, as well as broader issues affecting low-income families and communities. Waxman is part of the leadership team coordinating the Institute’s From Safety Net to Solid Ground initiative and also co-directs the Institute’s cross-center initiative on the social determinants of health. She received her MPP and PhD from the University of Chicago, where she is currently a lecturer at the School of Social Service Administration.