The book Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race, co-written by Sandy Schram, visiting professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, has been awarded the Michael Harrington Book Award. The award is presented by the New Political Science Section of the American Political Science Association.
The Michael Harrington Book Award is given yearly to an outstanding book that demonstrates how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world. The selection committee wrote, “While there were many good books that were nominated, the committee unanimously agreed that [Schram's] book embodied an incredible commitment to scholarship with a deep concern for human justice.”
Schram’s first book, Words of Welfare: The Poverty of Social Science and the Social Science of Poverty (Minnesota, 1995), was selected for the Harrington Award in 1996. He is the first scholar to have authored two books to win the Harrington Award. Schram was also selected as the 2012 recipient of the Charles McCoy Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association.
This summer he is a visiting professor at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria, where he is teaching a course on comparative social welfare policy, and he recently completed a book titled On Becoming a Footnote: An Academic Memoir (to be published by Forum Books). His current research focuses on the failure of reentry programs for ex-felons in the U.S. and Islamophobia in European welfare administration.