Soss studies the interplay of democracy, various forms of inequality, and public policy, with a particular focus on poverty politics, race and politics, and the ways that policy choices affect political dynamics and the vitality of democracy. Soss works extensively with social service agencies at the state and local levels and with non-profits, foundations, and advocacy groups working on issues of poverty and social justice.
In the News
Argues that schools operate as sites where individuals have their first, formative experiences with the rules and cultures of public institutions, authority relations and their uses by officials, and what it means to be a member of a rights-and-obligations-bearing community of putative equals. Develops a novel account of how schools construct citizens and position them in the polity. Shows, first, how race (in conjunction with class and gender) structures experiences of school relations and, second, how these experiences matter for citizens' positions and dispositions in the polity.