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Chapel Hill, N.C. — Dr. Michal Grinstein-Weiss, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, has been named a Faculty Fellow at the UNC Center for Community Capital.

Grinstein-Weiss, an expert on public policies related to issues of economic inequality and social development, will contribute to the Center’s research primarily in the areas of affordable home ownership finance and consumer financial services.

“Dr. Grinstein-Weiss brings a wealth of knowledge on asset building among lower-income households and broad expertise in policies and programs that promote the well-being of low-income families and their communities,” said Center Director Roberto Quercia. “Her research interests are a perfect match for the Center’s research and policy analysis on how financial capital or lack of it determines the economic health of families and communities across the country.”

Grinstein-Weiss received her Ph.D. in social work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her master’s degree in economics from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and received both her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Haifa, Israel.

Before coming to North Carolina, Grinstein-Weiss was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. During her postdoctoral work, Grinstein-Weiss was heavily involved with the American Dream Demonstration research, which was the first large-scale test of Individual Development Accounts for the working poor.

She is currently a faculty fellow for the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, a faculty fellow for the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis and a member of the advisory board of UNC’s Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. In addition, Grinstein-Weiss serves on the North Carolina Asset-Building Policy Task Force.

The UNC Center for Community Capital is the leading center for research and policy analysis on the transformative power of capital on households and communities in the United States. The Center’s in-depth analyses help policymakers, advocates and the private sector find sustainable ways to expand economic opportunity to more people, more effectively. For more information, visit

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