Leah Hamilton is Associate Professor of Social Work at Appalachian State University. She teaches courses on social welfare policy and conducts research related to family financial stability and basic income. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, National Public Radio, Governing Magazine, and Bloomberg View. She serves on the boards of the ACLU of North Carolina, the Basic Income Earth Network, and Influencing Social Policy. Her latest book is Welfare Doesn't Work: The Promises of Basic Income for a Failed American Safety Net. She holds a PhD in public policy from the University of Arkansas.