Mark Rank

Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare, Brown School

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Rank’s work centers on poverty, social welfare, economic inequality and policy, including the use of welfare myths, class division and economic inequalities as political campaign issues. His recent research has explored the life course probabilities of experiencing poverty in America. His most recent book, One Nation, Underprivileged: Why American Poverty Affects Us All was published by Oxford University Press in 2004. The recipient of the Outstanding Research Award from the Society of Social Work and Research, Rank has written numerous articles for a variety of distinguished journals such as Social Work, American Sociological Review, Psychological Science, and Social Science Quarterly.

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What is your future risk of poverty?

A newly-redesigned poverty risk calculator, developed by Mark Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at the Brown School, can for the first time determine an American’s expected risk of poverty based on their race, education level, gender, marital status and age.
Mark Rank, the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare in the Brown School

Rank wins book award

Mark Rank has received the 2016 Society for Social Work and Research Book Award for his book “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes.”