Gwendolyn Mink, PhD.

Independent Scholar, Washington DC

Dr. Gwendolyn Mink has a long career history as a scholar-expert in U.S. equality law, poverty policy, gender issues and American politics. She served on the faculty of the University of California Santa Cruz from 1980-2001, and at Smith College from 2001-2009. She is the author of several books including Welfare’s End, Hostile Environment, The Wages of Motherhood, and Old Labor and New Immigrants in American Political Development.

She is also the editor of Whose Welfare?, co-editor (with Wilma Mankiller, Marysa Navarro, Barbara Smith and Gloria Steinem) of The Reader’s Companion to U.S. Women’s History (1998); co-editor (with Rickie Solinger) of Welfare: A Documentary History of Policy and Politics (2003); and co-editor (with Alice O’Connor) of Poverty: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, and Policy (2 volumes, 2004).

Dr. Mink also serves as the Coordinator of the Board of Trustees for the Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation, honoring the legacy of work of the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink with a nationally competitive scholarship program for low-income mothers pursuing higher education. She is now an independent scholar based in Washington, DC.

Dr. Mink has served on the NCSPP advisory board since 2015.

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