James X. Sullivan
Professor of Economics

James Sullivan is a Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame and Co-Founder and Director of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), which is a research center that works with service providers and policymakers to identify effective and scalable solutions to reduce poverty in America. He was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission on Social Impact Partnerships and he serves on the National Poverty Research Center Advisory Board. His research examines the effectiveness of anti-poverty programs at the national, state, and local level. He also studies the consumption, saving, and borrowing behavior of poor households, as well as poverty and inequality measurement. Sullivan teaches intermediate microeconomics and advanced labor economics at the undergraduate level and public economics at the graduate level. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Current Research Interests                                                                                        

  • The effect of domestic anti-poverty programs   
  • Poverty and inequality in the U.S.
  • Using administrative data to evaluate programs                                                 
  • Data privacy


  • ECON 30010: Intermediate Microeconomics                                                    
  • ECON 40400: Advanced Labor Economics
  • ECON 70706: Graduate Public Economics