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THE NEW WELFARE BUREAUCRATS
Entanglements of Race, Class, & Policy Reform
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Finalist: C. Wright Mills Book Award,
Society for the Study of Social Problems
Honorable Mention: Max Weber Book Award, American Sociological Association

This is an ethnographic analysis of the implementation of welfare reform on the front lines of service delivery. It investigates how the professional, racial, class, and community identities of welfare caseworkers and supervisors shape the implementation of policy and other organizational dynamics.

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How do women remake, not simply rebuild, their lives after traumas associated with social and economic disadvantage? Drawing from interviews with more than 100 women living with HIV/AIDS, Watkins-Hayes analyzes the movement from death to life in contexts of stigmatization and disadvantage.

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How do race, gender, and class shape women’s chances for upward mobility in an age of rising income inequality? Watkins-Hayes investigates how women negotiate key questions of survival and mobility in a context of racial and gender hierarchies and economic constraints.

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How do government and non-profit institutions address (or fail to address) the needs of those facing economic hardship? Public policies and institutions are incredibly important to everyday survival and have the potential to encourage socioeconomic mobility, facilitate gender equality, and break down racial hierarchies if organized and leveraged properly.

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What are the most important issues driving the selection of college and university leadership now and into the future? How can colleges and universities prepare themselves for leadership transitions? Drawing upon her experiences as a Spelman College Trustee, Watkins-Hayes analyzes the world of higher education.

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Trusteeship Magazine

Dr. Watkins-Hayes recently led the search to find Spelman College’s 10th president. In this cover story for Trusteeship Magazine, she reflects on the process that gleaned the right leader at the right time for Spelman, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell.

Public Voices Fellowship

Celeste Watkins-Hayes has been named a Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow with the The Op Ed Project. The OpEd Project’s mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world.

Jaquelyn Johnson Jackson Early Career Award

Professor Watkins-Hayes was named the inaugural recipient of the Jacquelyn Johnson Jackson Early Career Award from the Association of Black Sociologists.

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