Leah Hamilton, PhD


  • BSW, Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • MSW, University of Denver
  • Ph.D. of Public Policy, University of Arkansas


  • Public Policy
  • Asset Development
  • Economic Justice
  • Universal Basic Income

Biography: Leah Hamilton, MSW, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Appalachian State University, Senior Fellow at the Jain Family Institute, and Faculty Affiliate at the Social Policy Institute of Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches social welfare policy and conducts research related to economic justice and basic income. Her book, Welfare Doesn't Work: The Promises of Basic Income for a Failed American Safety Net was released by Palgrave MacMillan in February 2020. Her work has been featured in multiple national publications including The Atlantic, Vice News, National Public Radio, Governing Magazine, Fast Company, and Bloomberg View. She currently serves on the boards of ACLU of North Carolina, the Basic Income Earth Network, and Influencing Social Policy. Find Dr. Hamilton on Twitter at @hamiltonleah.

Curriculum Vitae

Title: Professor
Department: Department of Social Work

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6716

Fax: (828) 262-8066

Office address
LLHS 522