Mark R. Rank is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts and speakers in the country on issues of poverty, inequality and social justice. He has published several books, as well as articles in numerous academic journals across a wide variety of fields.
Rank’s areas of research and teaching have focused on poverty, social welfare, economic inequality and social policy. His first book, “Living on the Edge: The Realities of Welfare in America,” explored the conditions of surviving on public assistance and achieved widespread critical acclaim.
His next book, “One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All,” provided a new understanding of poverty in America. His life-course research has demonstrated for the first time that a majority of Americans will experience poverty and will use a social safety net program at some point during their lives.
His latest book, “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes” uses a multi-methodological approach to explore the nature of the American Dream and the economic viability of achieving the Dream. The book is designed to shed light on the tenuous nature of the American Dream in today’s society, and how to restore its relevance and vitality.
There is no doubt that significant economic destruction lies ahead. But we can use this time of upheaval to rethink the importance of a social safety net that provides protection to all Americans, including the most vulnerable.
A new book by a professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis explores and critiques the widespread perception in the United States that one’s success or failure in life is largely the result of personal choices and individual characteristics.
Grass-roots groups across the country have been organizing and working to fundamentally change the conditions that disenfranchise so many Americans, poor and nonpoor alike. They would do well to use “Invisible Americans” as a launching point.
Including the insights of more than 35 leading social work scholars from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and beyond, a new book grapples with 13 key areas in the profession in an effort to identify innovative solutions toward achieving a “livable life — a life in which individuals are able to thrive and reach their full potential.”