I joined the Human Development & Family Sciences program at Oregon State University in January 2016. Prior to OSU, I was an Associate Professor at the McGill School of Social Work. I study poverty, social policy, and families. My research is motivated by the following questions:

  • What are the levels and trends of poverty in society and across the life course?
  • What are the causes and consequences of poverty and how do these vary across family structure?
  • How can social policy reduce poverty?
  • How can social policy reduce the health consequences of poverty and economic inequality?


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College of Public Health and Human Sciences
462 Waldo Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

Phone: 541-737-1081

Schedule a meeting during my office hours.

Email: david [dot] rothwell @ oregonstate.edu


My background: Born and raised in Oregon, I attended Pitzer College for undergraduate studies. After teaching English in Japan, I finished my MSW at Tulane University and worked as a social worker in adult mental health at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in New Orleans. I went on to earn a doctorate in social welfare from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore.