Mark Rank

Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare, Brown School

Mark Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare in the Brown School

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Biography

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.

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New book lays out social work’s agenda for 21st century

New book lays out social work’s agenda for 21st century

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.”
Video: What are your odds of going into poverty?

Video: What are your odds of going into poverty?

Mark Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at the Brown School, has developed a calculator that can determine for the first time an American’s expected risk of poverty based on their race, education level, gender, marital status and age. Here’s a video that explains how.
When children grow up poor, the nation pays a price

When children grow up poor, the nation pays a price

In a study published in Social Work Research, we determined that childhood poverty cost the nation $1.03 trillion in 2015. This number represented 5.4 percent of the G.D.P. These costs are borne by the children themselves, but ultimately by the wider society as well.