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Oregon State University
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twentieth-century United States history, history of social policy, history of social movements, history of the welfare state, economic justice, political history
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About Me

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).

Recent Publications

“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:

Featured interview in 1968: In Hindsight, Episode 1: Income Inequality, March 2018:

“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:

“The Curious Case of Urban Homesteading,” Jacobin, March 31, 2017:

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Government, Human Rights, Politics, Urban History, Women