About the Authors


Mark Robert Rank, PhD

Mark Robert Rank, PhD is the Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare at Washington University in St. Louis. He is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts and speakers in the country on issues of inequality, poverty, and social justice. His research has been reported in a wide range of academic and media outlets.


Thomas A. Hirschl, PhD

Thomas A. Hirschl, PhD is Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. He is Director of the Population and Development Program, Director of Graduate Studies, and coordinator of the Program Work Team on Poverty and Economic Hardship. His scholarly focus is class differentiation within contemporary society.


Kirk A. Foster, PhD

Kirk A. Foster, PhD is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. With a background in social work and theology, his scholarly focus is social capital, community development, and collective action facilitated through neighborhood-based organizations.