Cuesta’s research interests include international approaches to child and family policy, poverty and inequality, and parental incarceration among disadvantaged families. She teaches social welfare policy in the social work graduate program at Rutgers University.
Uses unique longitudinal data from Wisconsin to show intergenerational and intragenerational overlap in the criminal justice and child protective services systems.
Presents evidence that low rates of child support receipt may be a core issue across countries and, despite differences in economic development and child support policies, custodial mother families may face similar issues when it comes to receiving financial support from their children’s father.
Presents evidence that child support transfers do not reduce the labor supply of low-income custodial mothers receiving cash welfare.
Shows how household debt affects the psychological well-being of Americans, with short term (unsecured) debt having the most negative impact on adult depressive symptoms.