Carol Silverman has had a varied research career — she specializes in urban sociology and poverty and inequality. She has conducted research in housing policy, consumer run mental health services and nonprofits and philanthropy and restorative justice at UC Berkeley in the schools of Social Welfare and Law as well as at USF. She currently serves as the Director of Program Evaluation at Telecare Corporation, a large mental health service provider. She has taught at SF State, UC Berkeley and New College of California. Her Ph.D. is in Sociology from UCB.