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Allison De Marco

Adjunct Faculty
Advanced Research Scientist

Allison De Marco


Sheryl-Mar North


517 S. Greensboro St.


NC, 27510-2341

O: 919-843-9911

F: 919-966-1786

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Allison De Marco, MSW, Ph.D., is an advanced research scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and adjunct faculty at the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her research focuses on racial equity, poverty, neighborhood effects, work and family, and well-being for residents of rural communities. She has examined child care subsidy use in rural counties in North Carolina and Pennsylvania to understand how low-income rural families use child care subsidies, the quality of care they receive, and how subsidy use is related to child outcomes and parental work conditions. She has also examined the impact of the recession on the employment experiences of rural families in the FLP.

Currently, she is building a research agenda examining racial equity interventions both in educational and governmental settings and the role of state and county-level structural racism in economic well-being.

Dr. De Marco serves on several community organizations related to poverty and social justice. She serves as the outgoing chair of the leadership team and member of the grants review committee of the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness, the steering committee for Orange County’s Project Connect, an initiative of the Partnership, and is a coordinator of Orange County Organizing Against Racism (OOAR) and co-facilitator of the white anti-racism caucus.

She also volunteers with UNC’s Community Empowerment Fund, a relationship-based asset-development program for low-income residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, North Carolina.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, University of Southern California (USC)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Primary Program



Postdoctoral Fellowship, Family Research Consortium IV, UCLA/Penn State
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Family Life Project, UNC
Safe Zone/Safe Zone Challenge
Racial Equity Institute Phase I
Racial Equity Institute Phase II

Research and Professional Interests

Racial Equity
Early Childhood
Social Policy
Rural Families

Recent Publications

LaForett, D. & De Marco, A. (accepted). Considering Racial Equity Training as a Promising Approach to Reducing Racial Disparities in Education Settings. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.

De Marco, A. & Kretzschmar, J. (accepted). The Community Empowerment Fund: Service Learning Addressing Poverty and Homelessness. Journal of Poverty.

De Marco, A. & Hunt, H. (Summer, 2018). Racial Inequality, Poverty and Gentrification in Durham, North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Poverty Research Fund.

Iruka, I., De Marco, A., & Garrett-Peters, P. (accepted). Profiles of Academic/Socioemotional Competence in Early Childhood: Parenting, Child Care, and Community Predictors. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

De Marco, A., De Marco, M., Biggers, A., West, M., Young, J., & Levy, R. (2015). Can People Experiencing Homelessness Acquire Financial Assets. J. Soc. & Soc. Welfare, 42, 55.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

De Marco, A., & Lee, K. (2019, April). The Necessity of Data No Matter How Imperfect. Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Annual Membership Meeting, Albuquerque.

De Marco, A. (2018). The Impact of a Community-Based Undoing Racism Intervention on Personal Attitudes and Behaviors. Oral presentation for the 2018 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference, Washington, DC.

De Marco, A. (2018). A Case Study of Economic Growth and Racial Inequity in the American South. Oral presentation for the 2018 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Conference, Washington, DC.

De Marco, A. (2019, April 4). Panel: Confronting White Nationalism. Racial Literacies. UNC.

De Marco, A. (2019, February 28). Art for Lunch: Discussion of the use of Art in Course on Confronting Oppression and Institutional Discrimination. UNC Ackland Museum of Art.


SOWO 490

, Financial Literacy, Poverty, and Racial Equity