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

civic engagement and public participation; democracy; gender; income inequality and poverty; race and ethnicity; social welfare policy

Professor 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

A book talk with author and researcher Virginia Eubanks, hosted by Humphrey School Professor Joe Soss, is mentioned. 

St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 4, 2018

Research by Professor Joe Soss is highlighted in this article examining the difficulties many recipients of public assistance programs experience, and how that affects their political attitudes.  

The Week
August 21, 2017