Sanford Schram earned his BA from St. Lawrence University and his MA and PhD from SUNY at Albany. His scholarship and activism are concentrated on reform of the social welfare system in the United States. He teaches courses on social theory and policy in Social Work, Sociology, and Political Science at both Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges. He has testified before Congress on welfare reform and his published empirical research on “welfare migration” was used before the U.S Supreme Court in the case Saenz v. Roe, which overturned state and national residency requirements for welfare recipients. He is author of Welfare Discipline: Discourse, Governance and Globalization (Temple University Press, 2006), Praxis for the Poor: Piven and Cloward and the Future of Social Science in Social Welfare (New York University Press, 2002), After Welfare: The Culture of Postindustrial Social Policy (New York University Press, 2000), and Words of Welfare: The Poverty of Social Science and the Social Science of Poverty (University of Minnesota Press, 1995) which won the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association. He is co-editor of Race and the Politics of Welfare Reform (University of Michigan Press, 2003), Welfare Reform: A Race to the Bottom? (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), and Tales of the State: Narrative in U.S. Public Policy and Politics (Rowman and Littlefield, 1997). He is currently completing a book on welfare reform entitled Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).
Research and Scholarly Interests: Social theory and social policy.
Substantive Specialization: Social theory, social policy, welfare reform and research.
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