Keith Gunnar Bentele

Associate Research Professor

Keith Bentele, PhD, is an Associate Research Professor with the Southwest Institute of Research on Women (SIROW) in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. Dr. Bentele’s research has examined state-level poverty rates, inequality, homelessness, and the generosity and accessibility of various safety-net programs. He also has examined the processes shaping the passage of various types of legislation at the level of state legislatures including: voting restrictions, anti-child sex trafficking legislation, and abortion restrictions. Dr. Bentele is interested in policy-relevant research with the potential to reduce poverty and homelessness. His specific areas of methodological expertise are in the use of quantitative methods and statistics.