David Wagner, Ph.D., MSW
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David has been on the faculty of USM since 1988, and served in administrative roles in 1998-2006 and 2006-2008 in the School of Social Work. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University, a Labor Studies Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the City University of New York.
David’s work: scholarship and activism- have centered on poverty, homelessness, social inequality, and social welfare history and policy. He worked prior to academia as a social worker, and a labor organizer. He has worked over the years with a variety of low income groups from Maine to California in community organization. He also is active in the activist national group Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA) which has a Maine chapter.
David is the author of eight books including Checkerboard Square, which won the 1993 C. Wright Mills award, The New Temperance: The American Obsession with Sin and Vice which won the 1998 Northeast Popular Culture Award, What's Love Got to Do With It? A Critical Look at American Charity, The Poorhouse: America's Forgotten Institution, and currently a new book with former USM social work student Jennifer Barton Gilman called Confronting Homelessness: Poverty, Politics, and the Failure of Social Policy. This book is available at this link. Prof. Wagner also has a book entitled "The Miracle Worker and the Transcendentalist: Anne Sullivan, Franklin Sanborn, and the Education of Helen Keller,"see link at http://www.paradigmpublishers.com/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=280260. He is also the author of many scholarly articles, book chapters, and book reviews.
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