Women and Gender Studies Program

Luisa Deprez

Professor of Sociology

Office

120 Bedford Street, Portland Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4763

Dr. Luisa S. Deprez is Professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Women and Gender Studies Program as well as former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine. From 2005-07 she was a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston: she has also been a Visiting Scholar in the Center for Women at Wellesley College. Her scholarly and teaching interests center on the broad arenas of social welfare policy including the politics of policy-making; the impact of ideology and public opinion in policy; citizenship; poverty; the Capability Approach and higher education; and women, welfare and higher education. She has published The Family Support Act of 1988: A Case Study of Welfare Policy in the 1980s (Edwin Mellen Press, 2002), co-edited Shut-Out: Low Income Mothers and Higher Education in Post-Welfare America (SUNY Press, 2004), and written numerous articles and book chapters about the restrictions of current welfare policy on low-income women seeking to access higher education. Most recently she was guest co-editor of a Special Edition of the Journal of Sociology of Social Welfare entitled "Beyond the Numbers: How the Lived Experiences of Women Challenges the 'Success' of Welfare Reform" and co-authored the lead article, "Women’s Lives and Poverty: Developing a Framework of Real Reform for Welfare."

Research Interests

Social welfare policy including the politics of policy-making; the impact of ideoology and public opinion in policy; citizenship; poverty; the Capability Approach and higher education; and women, welfare and higher education.

Recent Publications

Books

SHUT OUT: Low-Income Women and Higher Education in Post Welfare America (edited with Valerie Polakow, Sandra Butler, Peggy Kahn). SUNY Press, 2004.

The Family Support Act of 1988: A Case Study of Welfare Reform in the 1980s. The Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, New York, 2002.

Articles

Beyond the Numbers: How the Lived Experiences of Women Challenges the "Success" of Welfare Reform (with Mary Gatta), in "Beyond the Numbers: How the Lived Experiences of Women Challenges the 'Success' of Welfare Reform," Mary Gatta and Luisa S. Deprez, eds. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Forthcoming September 2008.

Introduction (with Mary Gatta), in "Beyond the Numbers: How the Lived Experiences of Women Challenges the 'Success' of Welfare Reform, " Mary Gatta and Luisa S. Deprez, eds. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Forthcoming September 2008.

The Illusion of Change, The Politics of Illusion: Evolution of the Family Support Act of 1988. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. Forthcoming, March 2008.

The Parents as Scholars Program: A Maine Success Story (with Sandra Butler). Maine Policy Review, Orono: Margaret Chase Smith Center, University of Maine. Forthcoming April 2008.

Women and Contemporary Social Policy: The Shifting Sands of Women's Citizenship Rights and Entitlements (Invited: anchor essay). Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, Jodi O'Brien and Eve Shapiro, eds. NY: Sage Publications, forthcoming.