Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State

A prize-winning book explodes myths about who gets welfare in America. European immigrants often got help even before they became citizens, but U.S. governments at all levels have often denied assistance to newcomers from Mexico as well as African Americans.

Read Fox's brief about her book Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal (Princeton University Press, 2012). The book can be ordered here. It has won major scholarly prizes, including a Distinguished Book Award (Latina/o Sociology Section), the Thomas and Znaniecki Best Book Award (International Migration Section), and the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Prize (Political Sociology Section) from the American Sociological Association; the Best Book on Latino Politics (Latino Caucus) from the American Political Science Association; and the C. Wright Mills Book Award, from the Society for the Study of Social Problems

The most recent enlargement of the American welfare state is the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and an informative new SSN brief by Fox explains how immigrants are treated in the new health reforms.

Learn more about Cybelle's Fox research and media contributions on a range of current public issues, including school shootings and public attitudes about immigrants as well as the ethnic and racial dimensions of U.S. social policies.