Gwendolyn Mink, Adjunct Faculty

Gwendolyn Mink, PhD, has been teaching U.S. equality law, poverty policy, gender issues, and American politics for twenty nine years. She was on the faculty of the University of California-Santa Cruz from 1980-2001 and at Smith College from 2001 to 2009. She is author of Welfare’s End (1998; rev. ed. 2002), a Choice magazine “Outstanding Academic Book”; Hostile Environment (2000); The Wages of Motherhood (1995), which won the 1996 Victoria Schuck Book Award of the American Political Science Association; and Old Labor and New Immigrants in American Political Development (1986). She is editor of Whose Welfare? (1999); co-editor (with Wilma Mankiller, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith and Gloria Steinem) of The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History (1998); co-editor (with Rickie Solinger) of Welfare: A Documentary History of Policy and Politics (2003); and co-editor (with Alice O’Connor) of Poverty: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy (2 volumes, 2004).

She is now an independent scholar based in Washington, DC.