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I am a historian of recent United States history, with a focus on social policy, social movements, and racial, gender, and economic inequality. I have published two books about welfare in the United States: The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press,2010) and Welfare in the United States: A History with Documents, with Premilla Nadasen and Jennifer Mittlestadt (Routledge, 2009). My current book project-in-progress is an exploration of working-class politics and political transformation in the last third of the twentieth century via the history of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).
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“Defending Welfare Rights in the 1990s” in Remaking Radicalism: A Grassroots Documentary Reader of the United States, 1973-2001, eds. Emily Hobson and Dan Berger (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, forthcoming).
“The Strange Career of Urban Homesteading: Low-Income Homeownership and the Transformation of American Housing Policy in the Late Twentieth Century United States,” Journal of Urban History (2019): 1-28.
“Protecting Soldiers and Mothers Twenty-Five Years Later: Theda Skocpol’s Legacy and American Welfare State Historiography, 1992-2017,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 17 (2018): 546-573.
“Resurrection City 2.0,” Bunk History, May 11, 2018: https://www.bunkhistory.org/resources/2497?related=2502&relationship_name=RELATED
Featured interview in 1968: In Hindsight, Episode 1: Income Inequality, March 2018: https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/lepage/resources/podcasts/credits.html
“Poor People Power: The State, Social Provision, and American Experiments in Democratic Engagement,” in Shifting Notions of Social Citizenship: The Two Wests, eds. Alice Kessler-Harris and Maurizio Vaudagna. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.
“The False Promise of Homeownership,” Washington Post, July 20, 2017: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/07/20/the-false-promise-of-homeownership/?utm_term=.97a9aaac41fa
“The Curious Case of Urban Homesteading,” Jacobin, March 31, 2017: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/jack-kemp-hud-acorn-public-housing/
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- 20th century
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- Family, Gender, Government, Human Rights, Politics, Urban History, Women