Leah Hamilton

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Ph.D. Social Work

Leah Hamilton, MSW, Ph.D., is a Professor of Social Work at Appalachian State University, a Senior Fellow at the Jain Family Institute, a Faculty Affiliate at the Social Policy Institute of Washington University in St. Louis, and a Contributing Faculty at Walden University. She teaches social welfare policy and conducts research on economic justice and basic income. Her book, Welfare Doesn't Work: The Promises of Basic Income for a Failed American Safety Net was released in 2020. As Principal Investigator of the Family Economic Policy Lab, she leads the evaluation of several basic/guaranteed income pilots across the United States. Her work has been featured in multiple national publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNBC, The Atlantic, Forbes, National Public Radio, Fortune, and Fast Company. She serves on the Policy Council for the Humanity Forward Foundation and formerly served on the Basic Income Earth Network board and as President of the ACLU-NC. Find Dr. Hamilton on Twitter at @hamiltonleah.