Andrea Louise Campbell: Trapped in America's Safety Net: Overturning the Conventional Wisdom*


Monday, April 25, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:45pm


CGIS South-020, 1730 Cambridge Street*

Andrea Louise Campbell, Department Head and Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science, MIT.

*Note CGIS S-020 location this week.*

When a car accident left her sister-in-law a quadriplegic, social policy scholar Andrea Campbell learned how Medicaid and other means-tested programs really work on the ground.  The experience was both humbling and revealing, overturning much of what Campbell thought she knew about these programs. 

In this talk she discusses the potential for personal experience and narrative to enrich traditional scholarly analyses of social policies and in some cases overturn the received wisdom.  

About the speaker

Andrea Louise Campbell is the Department Head and Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science at MIT.

Campbell's interests include American politics, political behavior, public opinion, and political inequality, particularly their intersection with social welfare policy, health policy, and tax policy.

She is the author of  Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle (University of Chicago Press, 2014); How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Citizen Activism and the American Welfare State (Princeton, 2003) and, with Kimberly J. Morgan, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets, and the Governance of Social Provision (Oxford, 2011).

Campbell is a newly-elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in the 2016 class announced earlier this week. She  is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and served on the National Academy of Sciences Commission on the Fiscal Future of the United States.

Campbell holds an A.B. degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.

See also: Spring 2016