Dylan Bellisle

Dylan Bellisle, Joint CSRPC & CSGS Dissertation Completion Fellow

Dylan Bellisle is a doctoral candidate at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on how public policy shapes family economic well-being and the financial coping and social mobility strategies of low-income families, particularly low-income families of color. In his dissertation, The Role of the Earned Income Tax Credit in Family Economic Decision Making: Moving Beyond an Individual Actor Model, Dylan challenges the normative definition of "family" that is embedded within one of the largest anti-poverty programs in the United States - the Earned Income Tax Credit. By considering the historical, social, economic, and political forces that marginalize family types outside of the "nuclear family ideal", Dylan uses national data along with in-depth interviews with thirty women, primarily women of color, to examine how low-income women with children make decisions around how they spend and allocate their EITCs given their family context. His dissertation illustrates the misalignment between EITC eligibility and family life may be especially complicated for women of color due to social, economic, and cultural differences that shape family life and the ways in which families establish and maintain forms of social support expressed through mutual care and the sharing of resources.


Dylan's dissertation is funded by the 2019 Fahs-Beck Fund doctoral dissertation grant and he was an Urban Doctoral Fellow at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation between 2019-2020. Dylan received a B.A. in psychology from the University of South Florida and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dylan served as a program manager at the Center for Economic Progress on a demonstration project of a periodic payment of the Earned Income Tax Credit in collaboration with a researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dylan has past professional experience as a social service case worker, a union organizer, and a Peace Corps volunteer.