Impact University: Public Policy

Criminal Justice

The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives >

Sasha Abramsky's portrait of poverty gives a new face to the American poor and stimulates a national discussion on the state of our classes. Beyond his vivid depiction of poverty, Abramsky proposes numerous solutions to this extensive problems, including reforms to the nation's current education, criminal justice, tax, and Social Security policies.


A Place at the Table (Companion Guide) >

This companion guide to the critically-acclaimed documentary further explores questions and realities of poverty and food (in)security in contemporary America.

Public Policy

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America >

Kneebone and Berube historicize poverty as conceptualized and combated over the 20th century, turning their analyses to the question of how America can effectively address the new reality of metropolitan poverty in the 21st century.


The Working Poor: Invisible in America >

Shipler's work presents a seemingly paradoxical problem: how can American citizens living at the poverty line fail, despite their hard work, to reach the American Dream? Shipler explores policy decisions that reveal the shortcomings of the American government and welfare system to address this paradoxical reality.


So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America >

Central to Edelman's work is the observation that the statistical and social realities of American poverty are misaligned. His work explores the space between poverty as a concern of American policy-makers and the citizens these policies target and, more often, fail.

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