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Stacia Martin-West

Dr. Stacia Martin-West
Dr. Stacia Martin-West (far left) with members of her research team

Stacia Martin-West, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • BA/BS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • MSSW, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • PhD, University of Kansas

Courses Taught:

  • Social Work and Social Welfare Policies and Programs (SW 510)
  • Foundation Research (SW519)
  • Advanced Change Management and Policy Practice (SW 548)

Research Interests:

Universal basic income, unconditional cash transfers, women’s poverty and inequality, and affordable housing.


Stacia Martin-West is an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. She is the co-PI of the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, the first modern city-led guaranteed income experiment in the US. Her research focuses on universal basic income, unconditional cash transfers, women’s poverty and wealth inequality, and the affordable housing crisis. She recently completed the first evaluation of unconditional cash transfers in the context of environmental and economic disaster.

Read more about the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration pre-analysis plan, and follow research updates @smartinwest on Twitter.

Daily Beacon Article: Social worker, faculty member looks to alleviate poverty through studies, community work

“Inflection Point Podcast: A Radical Idea to End Poverty, Just Give People Money

Learn more about her previous work on the My People Fund, an unconditional cash transfer following a natural disaster: