Scott Winship is the Resident Scholar and Director of Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Initiative (AEI). Previously, he was executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of the US Congress, where he directed the Social Capital Project for JEC Chairman Mike Lee. Prior to joining the JEC, Scott conducted research on living standards, poverty, inequality, unemployment, and economic mobility at the Manhattan Institute, where he was the Walter B. Wriston Fellow, and at the Brookings Institution, where he was a fellow. Earlier in his career he was the research manager of the Pew Economic Mobility Project and a senior policy advisor at Third Way. A native of rural Maine, Scott received a Ph.D. in social policy from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy.