Social Welfare, American Politics to Intersect in Upcoming President’s Lecture

November 04, 2016

MISSOULA – A leading authority on the politics of the social welfare system will present “Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle” as part of the 2016-17 President’s Lecture Series at the University of Montana.

Andrea Campbell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Political Science Department head and Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science, will deliver the lecture at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in the Dennison Theatre. The lecture is in collaboration with the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship.

Campbell also will lead the seminar “Why So Little Policy Movement on Caregiving Issues? A Policy Feedback Perspective” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. The lecture and seminar both are free and open to the public.

After earning a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, Campbell taught for five years at Harvard University before joining the Political Science Department at MIT.

Her teaching and research interests include American politics, political behavior, public opinion and political inequality, particularly the intersection between these topics with social welfare policy, health policy and tax policy. She has won several academic honors, written articles for leading scholarly and policy journals and published three books: “Trapped in America’s Safety Net: One Family’s Struggle,” “The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets and the Governance of American Social Policy” and “How Policies Make Citizens: Senior Citizen Activism and the American Welfare State.”

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of eight talks throughout the academic year on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. For more information on the series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and lecture series organizer, 406-243-2981,