J. Michael Collins

Associate Professor, Consumer Science and Public Affairs, UW-MadisonJ. Michael Collines
Faculty Director, Center for Financial Security
Extension Specialist in Family Financial Management
Position Priorities
  • Budget and credit counseling
  • Asset building and savings policy
  • Financial security
  • Financial planning, education and coaching
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education from Miami University
  • Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University
  • Ph.D. in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University
Highlights of current Work and Relationships to Family Living Programs
  • Emergency savings, programs to promote savings, banking and other financial services
  • Research on household finance with low-income and vulnerable families
  • Conducting household surveys and tracking financial indicators
  • Financial counseling, credit counseling and foreclosure prevention
  • Family financial security. Michael is director of the Center for Financial Security with a focus on policies and programs which promote families to accumulate financial assets and successfully manage debt.
Contact J. Michael at:

University of Wisconsin-Madison
1300 Linden Drive
4208 Nancy Nicholas Hall
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-0369
Fax: 608-265-6048
Email: jmcollins@wisc.edu