Lawrence Mead teaches American politics and public policy at New York University. Known as one of the theoretical architects of the welfare reform of the 1990s, he has written several influential books in which he demonstrates that mandatory work requirements are essential to sound welfare policy. While at AEI, he researched how to institute a work requirement for nonworking poor men comparable to the work tests that were instituted for poor single mothers in previous welfare reforms.
Professor of Politics, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, New York University, 1979-present
John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 1994-95
Visiting Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1993-94
Deputy Director of Research, Republican National Committee, 1978-79
Research Associate, Urban Institute, 1975-78
Speechwriter to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, U.S. Department of State, 1974-75
Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1973-75
Ph.D., M.A., political science, Harvard University
The welfare reform of the 1990s was an unusual success for American social policy. By requiring more welfare mothers to work, reformers aimed to move them into jobs and reduce welfare rolls. Unexpectedly, reform was accompanied by a greater decline of caseloads--over 60 percent--that had previously been anticipated by research....
Lawrence M. Mead of New York University will deliver the January Bradley Lecture.
The politics of poverty have shaped—and been shaped by—the end of history, meaning Francis Fukuyama’s idea that divisions of principle have faded from Western politics. While partisan rivalry remains, it no longer rests on opposed world...