Sally Ward is a Carsey School Senior Faculty Fellow. She helped launch the MPP program at Carsey and served as the co-Director and Director of the program for two years. She is a Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire and served as the interim dean of UNH Manchester. Ward led the development of the evaluation program, bringing together faculty, research staff, and students to evaluate social program efforts of nonprofit organizations throughout New England and beyond. She led projects evaluating the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund’s Resident-Owned Manufactured Housing program, the Bonnie CLAC car loan program, the collaborative model at the Community Campus in Portsmouth, the New Hampshire Healthy Kids Program, and several programs and projects at the Family Resource Center of Gorham. She also conducted research at Carsey on access to affordable food in New Hampshire and housing issues and challenges in different types of rural communities. Her other research interests have included the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in American communities, the role of social policy in effecting social change, the impact of single parenthood on economic well-being, and unwanted sexual experiences on college campuses.
Ward received her bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and her master's and doctorate degrees from Brown University.