Portrait of Professor Joe Soss
261 Humphrey School
Social Policy Area
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Joe Soss

Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service
civic engagement and public participation; democracy; gender; income inequality and poverty; race and ethnicity; social welfare policy

Joe Soss is the inaugural Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service at the University of Minnesota, where he holds faculty positions in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Department of Sociology. His research and teaching explore the interplay of democratic politics, socioeconomic inequalities, and public policy. He is particularly interested in the political sources and consequences of policies that govern social marginality and shape life conditions for socially marginal groups. Joe Soss is the author of Unwanted Claims: The Politics of Participation in the U.S. Welfare System (2000), co-editor of Race and the Politics of Welfare Reform (2003), co-editor of Remaking America: Democracy and Public Policy in an Age of Inequality (2007), and author or co-author of numerous scholarly articles. His most recent book is Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race (University of Chicago Press, 2011), co-authored with Richard C. Fording and Sanford F. Schram. In 2010, he received the campus-wide Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Minnesota's Council of Graduate Students (COGS). Professor Soss also holds faculty positions in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Political Science.

In The Media

Professor Joe Soss is quoted in this article looking at  new research suggesting that states with homogenous populations are more willing to spend on the safety net than those with higher shares of minorities.

The Atlantic
June 6, 2017

Humphrey School professor Joe Soss is quoted in this article, which highlights his research into the “financialization” of the criminal justice system.


Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
April 13, 2017