Neubeck, Kenneth J.

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NEUBECK, Kenneth J.

PERSONAL: Male. Education: George Washington University, B.A., 1964, M.A., 1968; Washington University, Ph.D., 1972.

ADDRESSES: Office—University of Connecticut, Sociology Department, Manchester Hall, 344 Mansfield Road, Unit 2068, Storrs, CT 06269. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: U.S. Office of Education, Washington, DC, research aide in Office of Special Assistant to the Commissioner, 1964, and Equal Educational Opportunities Program, 1964-66, Bureau of Research, research assistant, 1966-68; Washington University, St. Louis, MO, instructor in sociology, 1968, lecturer, 1968-70; University of Connecticut, Storrs, instructor, then assistant professor, 1971-78, associate professor of sociology, 1978—, department associate head, 1986-87, human rights minor director, 2001—. University of New Brunswick, lecturer, 1970-71.

MEMBER: American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

AWARDS, HONORS: Scholarly Achievement Award, American Sociological Association, 1994; Citation for Excellence in Teaching, State of Connecticut General Assembly, 1999; American Association of University Professors Career Excellence Award for Teaching and Mentoring, University of Connecticut, 1999; Michael Harrington Distinguished Scholarship Award, National Forum on Poverty and Inequality, American Sociological Association Oliver Cromwell Award, Outstanding Book Award from Marxist Sociology section, and Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award, all 2002, all for Welfare Racism.


Corporate Response to Urban Crisis, Lexington Books (Lexington, MA), 1974.

Social Problems: A Critical Approach, Scott, Foresman (Glenview, IL), 1979.

(With Noel A. Cazenave) Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card against America's Poor, Routledge (New York, NY), 2001.

(With Davita Silfen Glasberg) Sociology: Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributor to books, including, Impacts of Racism on White Americans, edited by Benjamin P. Bowser and Raymond G. Hunt, 1981; Business Elites and Urban Development, edited by Scott Cummings, 1988; Lost Ground: Welfare Reform, Poverty, and Beyond, edited by Randy Albelda and Ann Withorn, 2002. Contributor to periodicals, including, Poverty & Race and Social Problems.

SIDELIGHTS: Kenneth J. Neubeck is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. His research interests include poverty, racism, social welfare policies, and economic human rights.

Neubeck coauthored Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card against America's Poor with Noel A. Cazenave, who is also an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut. Welfare Racism has won awards such as the Michael Harrington Distinguished Scholarship Award from the National Forum on Poverty and Inequality and the Outstanding Book Award from the American Sociological Association. In Welfare Racism Neubeck and Cazenave analyze the effect racism has had on welfare policies in the United States. They discuss how it has become acceptable for politicians to discuss and consider race when establishing welfare policies. They note that the majority of the public unfairly believes that most people on welfare are black and that they are poor because they are lazy. The authors believe that this type of racism hurts everyone, not just people of color, and they offer suggestions on how to end it. Contemporary Sociology contributor Robert Davis commented, "Neubeck and Cazenave ask a range of critical political and moral questions about the meaning of welfare reform that moves the reader to wonder about who we are as a nation."



American Political Science Review, December, 1977, Wolfgang Pindur, review of Corporate Response to Urban Crisis, pp. 1677-1678.

Booklist, August, 2001, Mary Carroll, review of Welfare Racism: Playing the Race Card against America's Poor, p. 2060.

Contemporary Sociology, July, 2002, Robert Davis, review of Welfare Racism, pp. 406-407.

Social Forces, December, 1975, Herman D. Bloch, review of Corporate Response to Urban Crisis, p. 490.

Women's Review of Books, June, 2002, Ann Withorn, "The Persistence of Prejudice," pp. 22-23.


Routledge Web site, (September 6, 2002).

University of Connecticut Department of Sociology Web site, (September 6, 2002), "Kenneth J. Neubeck."*