Frances Fox Piven  
Professor Frances Fox Piven
Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1962.

  • Why Americans Still Don't Vote, And Politicians Like it That Way, Beacon Press, 2000
  • The Breaking of the American Social Compact, New Press, 1997
  • Regulating the Poor, Vintage, 1993
  • The New Class War, Pantheon, 1982
  • Poor Peoples' Movements, Pantheon, 1977

My area of concentration is in American politics. My special interests include social welfare policy; political movements; and electoral politics.

I am currently working on a historical and theoretical exposition of the role of protest movements in American political development.

I am the recipient of the American Sociological Association Career Award for the Practice of Sociology (2000), the Mary Lepper Award of the Womens' Caucus of the American Political Science Association (1998); the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociology Association; the Tides Foundation Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy (1995); the Annual Award of the National Association of Secretaries of State (1994); President's Award of the American Public Health Association (1993), Lee/Founders Award of the Society for the Study of Social Problems; the Eugene V. Debs Foundation Prize; and the C. Wright Mills Award.