Dodson

Lisa Dodson

Affiliations
Senior Scientist, Brandeis University, and Research Professor, Boston College
Areas of Expertise:
  • Antipoverty Policy
  • Inequality & the Middle Class
  • Children & Families
  • Women

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About Lisa

Dodson’s area of focus is anti-poverty research and policy – particularly the effects of poverty on mothers and children. This has included 20 years teaching courses about inequality, low-wage work and welfare policy; action-research projects that always include participation of low-income mothers/families; and working with organizations toward presenting evidence to affect state/federal policy, including: 9to5 (National Organization of Working Women), Service Employees International Union, Family Values at Work and now in Portland Oregon, the Oregon Women’s Equity Coalition and the Portland State University Services for Student Parents. Her current policy-research focus is promoting postsecondary education opportunity for low-income mothers. 

Briefs

Helping Parents Get a College Education Helps Children Succeed

  • Luisa S. Deprez

Why Higher Education is a Must for Low-Income Mothers

  • Luisa S. Deprez

Podcast

Publications

"Untenable Choices: Taking Care of Low-Income Families" (with Wendy Luttrell). Contexts: Publication of American Sociological Association 10, no. 1 (2011): 38-42.

Examines the bad work/family options facing low-income mothers and how they try to minimize harm to children. 

"Stereotyping Low-Wage Mothers Who Have Work/Family Conflicts" Journal of Social Issues 69, no. 2 (2013): 257-278.

Examines how low-income mothers’ are blamed and stereotyped as irresponsible when they experience work and family conflicts, based on data from several studies over five years.

"Social Network Development among Low-Income Single Mothers" (with Amanda L. Freeman). Family Relations 64, no. 5 (2014): 589-601.

Discusses how low income mothers share their survival knowledge and skills with one another, based on three years of interviews and discussions with participants in a social mobility program in Boston.

Don’t Call Us out of Name: The Untold Lives of Women and Girls in Poor America (Beacon Press, 1999).

Examines the life course of poor women and families in the context of welfare reform policy based on seven years of qualitative research.

The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy (The New Press, 2010).

Examines growing economic disparity in the U.S. based on seven years of research in five states, talking with diverse ordinary people.

In the News

"Supporting Parental Education Can End Generational Poverty," Lisa Dodson (with Luisa S. Deprez), Portland Press Herald, February 19, 2018.
Interview on 'The Moral Underground: Media Highlights'Lisa Dodson, Grittv of Air America, January 28, 2010.
"What Happens When the Person Caring for Your Mom Can’t Earn a Living Wage?," Lisa Dodson (with Nancy Folbre), The American Prospect, September 28, 2014.
"We Don’t Fight Poverty Anymore," Lisa Dodson, The Conversation, January 15, 2015.
"Moms Say, ‘Don’t Make Policy about Us, without Us’”," Lisa Dodson (with Linda Meric), Huffington Post, August 11, 2016.