Andrea Hetling, Ph.D.


Associate Professor and Chancellor Scholar
Director, Public Policy Program
Faculty Affiliate, Center on Violence Against Women and Children


B.A. Columbia University; Master of International Affairs, Columbia University, Ph.D. University of Maryland
Research Interests
  • Poverty and family welfare
  • Welfare policy
  • Social policy implementation
  • Intimate partner violence

Andrea Hetling is an Associate Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.  Dr. Hetling’s research interests are in the area of domestic social policies that target disadvantaged or marginalized groups.  She is particularly interested in evaluating the implementation and outcomes of social programs designed to reduce poverty, inequality, and family violence. She has conducted quantitative and qualitative research on TANF time limits and diversion programs, the Family Violence Option, public opinion of welfare reform, and permanent supportive housing programs.  Her work has appeared in various journals including Housing Policy Debate, the Journal of Social Policy, Social Science Quarterly, Social Service Review, and Violence Against Women. Dr. Hetling holds a number of leadership positions in the field of poverty research including  appointments as an Editorial Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Children & Poverty and a Research Affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.

Complete Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

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Undergraduate Courses
  • Principles of Public Policy
  • Research Methods
  • U.S. Social Policy


Graduate Courses
  • Policy Practicum
  • American Social Policy
  • Public Policy Methods I
  • Public Policy Methods II

Recent Publications


  • 2016: Hetling, A. & Botein, H. Home “safe” home: The challenges of housing solutions for survivors of intimate partner violence. Rutgers University Press.

Book Chapters

  • 2016: Hetling, A. (2015). Technology and Public Policy. in M.A. Odekon (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 2nd edition.
  • 2016: Hetling, A. & Hoge, G. (2015) Economic Self-Sufficiency. in in M.A. Odekon (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of World Poverty, 2nd edition.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 2017: Hetling, A., Postmus, J.L., & Kaltz, C. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of a financial literacy curriculum for survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 37 (4), 672-685.
  • 2016: Hetling, A., Hoge, G.L., & Postmus, J.L. (2016). What is economic self-sufficiency? Validating a measurement scale for policy, practice, and research. Journal of Poverty, 20 (2), 214-235.
  • 2016: Hetling, A., Kwon, J., & Saunders, C. (2015). The relationship between state welfare rules on economic disconnection among low-income single mothers. Social Service Review, 89 (4), 653-685.
  • 2015: Postmus, J., Hetling, A., Hoge, G.L. (2015). Evaluating a financial education curriculum as an intervention to improve financial behaviors and financial well-being of survivors of domestic violence: Results from a longitudinal randomized controlled study. Journal of Consumer Affairs, 49 (1), 250-266. doi: 10.1111/joca.12057
  • 2015: Hetling, A., Stylianou, A.M., & Postmus, J.L. (2015). Measuring financial strain in the lives of survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30 (6), 1046-1064. doi: 10.1177/0886260514539758
  • 2014: Hetling, A., Kwon, J., & Mahn, E. (2014). Income packaging and economic disconnection: Do sources of support differ from other low-income women? Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. 41 (3), 85-112.
  • 2014:  Hetling, A., Watson, S., & Horgan, M. (2014). “We live in a technological era whether you like it or not”: Client perspectives and online welfare applications. Administration & Society. 46 (5), 519-547. doi: 10.1177/0095399712465596
  • 2014:  Hetling, A., & Postmus, J. (2014). Financial literacy and economic empowerment of survivors of intimate partner violence: Examining the differences between public assistance recipients and non-recipients. Journal of Poverty. 18(2), 130-149. doi: 10.1080/10875549.2014.896308

Other Publications

  • 2014: Postmus, J.L., SilvaMartinez, E., Hetling, A., & Danis, F. (2013). Evaluating the Impact of the “Moving Ahead Through Financial Management” Curriculum: The Advocate Perspective. The Allstate Foundation.
  • 2014: Postmus, J.L., Hetling, A., & Hoge, G. (2013). Evaluating the Impact of the “Moving Ahead Through Financial
    Management” Curriculum: A Randomized Control Study. The Allstate Foundation.

Areas of Expertise: Gender and Family PolicyHousingQualitative ResearchSocial Policy/Inequality and DisparitiesStatistical Research Methods