Platform for Cross-Border Collaboration
2015 Mazatlán Forum: March 13-14


“Building a Blueprint for Eliminating Poverty: US and Mexican Scholars Work Together”

The objective of the 2015 Mazatlán Forum is to step back and consider whether we now know how to reduce poverty substantially in the U.S.A. and Mexico. Is the science to do so now in place? Do we know how to develop anti-poverty policies that are consistent with our most cherished commitments and values? How might a new “war on poverty” be waged if we truly committed to one?

The 2015 Mazatlán Forum is not a standard academic conference that features the normal presentation of academic papers. Instead, a limited number of the best scholars on poverty will offer short presentations on their best and most important idea to address material poverty today. The forum will be dedicated to a cross-disciplinary conversation about those ideas in the attempt to articulate concrete proposals to address the significant problem and challenge of material poverty in the USA and Mexico today.

The 2015 Mazatlán Forum has been co-organized with the help of three institutions: the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and El Colegio de México.
A Blueprint for Ending Poverty ... Permanently

Friday, March 13
8:30 – 9:00am Meet and Greet (coffee provided)
9:00 – 9:45am Opening Ceremonies (including a greeting and blessing from Pope Francis delivered by Cardinal Levada)
9:45 – 10:00am Why are We Here? (David B. Grusky)
10:00 – 11:00am The Backdrop: A Description of Poverty in the U.S., California, and Mexico (Moderator: Gustavo Verduzco)

Presentations
Patricio Solis, “Poverty in Mexico”
Ann Huff Stevens, “Poverty in the United States”
Discussion (approximately 10:30 – 11:00am)
11:00 – 11:15am Break
11:15am – 1:15pm Money Matters: The Case for Aggressive Tax and Transfer Policy (Moderator: Jeanne Buckeye)

Presentations
Kathryn Edin, “A Litmus Test for all Poverty Policy”
Timothy Smeeding, “The Case for a Modified Children’s Defense Fund Plan”
Discussion (approximately 12 noon – 1:15pm)
1:15 – 3:00pm Lunch
3:00pm – 5:15pm A Ramped-Up Labor Supply Approach: Poverty and Equalizing Opportunity (Moderator: Sandra Kuntz Flicker)

Presentations
Patricio Solis, “The Case for Aggressive School Enrollment Policy”
Raymundo Campos, “Oportunidades and School Dropout Rates”
David B. Grusky, “An Equal Opportunity Plan for Reducing Poverty in California”
Discussion (approximately 4:00 – 5:15pm)
Saturday, March 14
8:30 – 9:00am Mingle (coffee provided)
9:00 – 11:15am Poverty and Family Policy (Moderator: David Underriner)

Presentations
Harry Brighouse, “Setting the Stage: In What Ways Should the Government Subsidize Child-Rearing?”
Lonnie Berger, “Supporting Young Men in their Family Roles”
Will Lightbourne, “Poverty, Family Stabilization, and the Economy”
Discussion (approximately 10:00 – 11:15am)
11:15 – 11:30am Break 11:30am – 1:30pm Big “R” Reform: The Case for an Economic and Social Overhaul (Moderator: Roberto Blancarte)

Presentations
Fernando Cortés, “Poverty and Income Inequality”
Michelle Jackson, “The Point is to Change It”
Discussion (approximately 12:15pm – 1:30pm)

1:30 – 3:00pm Lunch
3:00pm – 4:00pm Outlawing Poverty: A Bill of Rights and the Legal-Constitutional Approach (Moderator: Patrick Brennan)

Presentation
Gregory Kepferle, “Ending Poverty with an Economic Bill of Rights”
Discussion (approximately 3:20 – 4:00pm)

4:00 – 4:15pm Break
4:15pm – 5:30pm Closing Reflections (Moderator: Agnieszka Winkler)

Presentation
Sheldon Danziger, “Time Well Spent?”
Discussion (approximately 4:30pm – 5:30pm)
Adam Swift
Adam Swift, Professor of Political Theory, Warwick University
A well-known scholar of the conditions under which equalizing interventions might be understood as just, Adam Swift has worked on the communitarian critique of liberalism, the relation between public opinion and political philosophy, the normative aspects of class analysis and social mobility, the morality of school choice, and the role of philosophy in non-ideal circumstances. He also was a member of the British team participating in the International Social Justice Project, which investigated popular attitudes to social justice in 13 countries. He is currently working, with Harry Brighouse, to develop a liberal egalitarian theory of the family and, with Zofia Stemplowska, to disentangle the various issues at stake in debates about 'ideal' and 'non-ideal' theory. Swift is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. For 25 years, he taught Political Theory and Sociology at the University of Oxford, where he was Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Justice. He co-authored Liberals and Communitarians (2nd ed. Blackwell, 1996), Against the Odds? Social Class and Social Justice in Industrial Societies (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Family Values (Princeton University Press, 2014) but wrote How Not To Be A Hypocrite: School Choice for the Morally Perplexed Parent (Routledge, 2003) and Political Philosophy: A Beginners' Guide for Students and Politicians (3rd ed. Polity, 2013) on his own.

Agnieszka Winkler
Agnieszka Winkler, Founder, Mazatlán Forum; DSPT Fellow
Agnieszka Winkler was the founder and CEO of Winkler Advertising, a nationally recognized advertising agency and TeamToolz, a software development company making workflow and collaboration software for marketing, both of which were acquired. She is also the founder of the not-for-profit Mazatlán Forum, an interdisciplinary, intercultural platform for collaboration among US and Mexican intellectuals on subjects of mutual interest. She has served on numerous public and private company boards as well as on professional and non-profit boards in leadership positions. Ms. Winkler is the author of the book, "Warp Speed Branding," published by Wiley in the United States, China, and Turkey and a frequent speaker on the subject of branding and marketing and more recently on corporate governance issues and also on spirituality in business. She also serves as a trustee for Santa Clara University and Holy Names University.

Ann Huff Stevens
Ann Huff Stevens, Director of the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics
Stevens is one of the country’s top scholars of poverty and the labor market and studies the incidence and effects of job loss, connections between economic shocks and health, and poverty and safety-net dynamics. She previously served on the faculty at Rutgers and Yale Universities and is a faculty research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Stevens received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1995 and has served as an investigator on numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies. Her current research includes studies of the relationship between job loss and health, the relationship between aggregate unemployment rates and mortality, and the returns to technical and vocational education.

Dave Underriner
Dave Underriner, Chief Executive Officer, Providence Health & Services, Oregon Region
Dave Underriner has been with Providence for over 30 years and served in many management roles. The mission of Providence is to reveal God’s love for all – especially the poor and vulnerable – through compassionate service. The vision is to create healthier communities, together. Providence in Oregon provides over $220 million of community benefit in service to our mission and vision. Dave has been an active member in the communities served by Providence Health & Services in Oregon, serving on the boards of many organizations. Dave is currently Chair of the Oregon Business Council Poverty Reduction Strategy Task Force. The task force was formed as part of the Oregon Business Plan to lead and participate in efforts to reduce poverty in Oregon from 17% to 10% by 2020. Economic development is an important part of addressing poverty but only one component required if we are to systemically address poverty. A short-term plan working with state and local government, along with K-12 and post-secondary education organizations has also been created. A long-term plan is in development. Dave earned a masters degree in health service administration from the University of Washington and a B.S. from Oregon State University.

David B. Grusky
David B. Grusky, Barbara Kimball Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Director of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, and coeditor of Pathways Magazine
Grusky’s research addresses the changing structure of late-industrial inequality and addresses the role of rent-seeking and market failure in explaining the takeoff in income inequality and the amount of economic and social mobility in the U.S. and other high-inequality countries. He is also involved in projects to improve the country’s infrastructure for monitoring poverty, inequality, and mobility by exploiting administrative and other forms of “big data” more aggressively. His recent books include Social Stratification (2014), Occupy the Future (2013), The New Gilded Age (2012), The Great Recession (2011), The Inequality Reader (2011), and The Inequality Puzzle (2010).

Fernando
Fernando Cortés, Research Professor, El Colegio de México, and UNAM for the University Program for Development Studies
Professor Cortés has taught in the Political Science Dept. of Washington University in St. Louis MI, and in the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences at Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Quito, San Jose de Costa Rica, and Mexico. He is the author of Social Processes and Economic Inequality in Mexico (Mexico DF: Siglo XXI, 2000), co-author of Systems Analysis for Social Scientists (Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 1974), and Statistical Techniques for the Study of Social Inequality (Mexico DF: The College of Mexico, 1982), among others. His PhD is in Social Sciences with a specialization in Social Anthropology by the Center for Higher Research and Studies in Social Anthropology, and BA in Economics by the University of Chile.

Greg Kepferle
Greg Kepferle, CEO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, CA
Greg is a member of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities USA and past president of Catholic Charities of California. In 2007 he organized Step Up Silicon Valley: A Campaign to Cut Poverty in Santa Clara County as a community-based network to disrupt the cycle of poverty. From this he incubated the Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative, a neighborhood-based anti-poverty strategy, and 1000 Out of Poverty, an outcomes-based collaborative pilot. He is a member of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley and a member of Rotary International. Greg has worked in the Catholic Charities network for over nineteen years, serving as the Director of the Social Justice Resource Center and Parish Social Ministry, as the Associate Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the East Bay in Oakland, as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and as vice-president of Catholic Charities of California. He currently sits on the Social Policy Committee of Catholic Charities USA. Greg has a BA in Philosophy and a certificate in Peace Studies from Saint Louis University, an MA in Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago, and an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

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Gustavo Verduzco Igartua, Member of the National System of Researchers, level III; Vice-president of the Research Committee 31 (International Migration, 2006-) of the International Sociological Association.
Dr. Verduzco Igartua has served as Director of the Center for Sociological Studies of the College of Mexico, 2002-2007. He has taught graduate courses also in the College of Michoacan (1974-1983), the University of Guadalajara, and in the Graduate School of Public Administration of the Monterrey Institute of Technology. His research areas are in international migration, regional development and urban-rural relations, and in social and civil NGOs/NPOs. Recent publications include his contributions to Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, Geneva: International Labour Organisation, 2011; and, Mexico in Solidarity: Citizen Participation and Volunteership, Mexico DF: Limusa and the Monterrey Institute of Technology, 2008; and his authorship of Non-profit Organizations: A View of their Trajectory in Mexico, Mexico DF: The College of Mexico and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy, 2003, in addition to two regional histories and economic profiles of the states of Michoacan and Zacatecas to be used as references by the National College of Technical Professional Education in said states, both in 2000, as well as having co-authored the 1997 Binational Study on Migration co-commissioned by the Secretariat of Foreign Relations and the Commission for Immigration Reform, Washington DC. Verduzco-Iguarta is a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences, and served as Mexican representative on that body from 2006-2009.

Harry Brighouse
Harry Brighouse, Professor of Philosophy and Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
Brighouse is a scholar of the theoretical foundations of liberalism, what constitutes a good childhood, the place of the family in a theory of justice and in egalitarian liberalism, and education reform, especially as it concerns choice and privatization. He is the author of several books and many articles; his books include School Choice and Social Justice, Justice, and On Education. Among other projects, he is currently working with Adam Swift on the development of a liberal egalitarian theory of the family. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California and a B.A. (First Class Honours) in Philosophy from the University of London (Kings College).

Jeanne Buckeye
Jeanne Buckeye, Associate Professor, Department of Ethics and Business Law, Univ. of St. Thomas, MN
Jeanne Buckeye is a Fellow in the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and currently serves as its Interim Director. She also works with the Veritas Institute in advising Catholic hospitals engaged in implementing the Catholic Identity Matrix. Buckeye's research interests lie in practices and philosophies addressing the integration of faith and work, the role of mission in Catholic universities and the principles of Catholic social thought as a basis for leadership formation. She has recently published a research case study and articles on business practices within North American companies who participate in the Economy of Communion. She earned her M.B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota.

Kathy Edin,
Kathy Edin, Distinguished Bloomberg Professor in the Department of Sociology, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Edin received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University in 1991 and has taught at Rutgers University, Northwestern University, the University of Pennsylvania, and, most recently, Harvard University as a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School and chair of their Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. Edin is a Trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation and on the Department of Health and Human Services advisory committee for the poverty research centers at Michigan, Wisconsin, and Stanford. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on Housing and Families with Young Children and a past member of the MacArthur Network on the Family and the Economy. In 2014, Edin became a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.

Lonnie Berger
Lonnie Berger, Director, Institute for Research on Poverty and Professor and PhD Chair, School of Social Work, the University of Wisconsin–Madison
A director of one of three national centers for research on poverty, Berger’s research addresses the ways in which economic resources, socio-demographic characteristics, and public policies affect parental behaviors and child and family well-being. He is engaged in studies in three primary areas: (1) examining the determinants of substandard parenting, child maltreatment, and out-of-home placement for children; (2) exploring associations among socioeconomic factors (family structure and composition, economic resources, household debt), parenting behaviors, and children's care, development, and wellbeing; and (3) assessing the influence of public policies on parental behaviors and child and family wellbeing. His work aims to inform public policy in order to improve its capacity to assist families in accessing resources, improving family functioning and wellbeing, and ensuring that children are able to grow and develop in the best possible environments. This research has largely been funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Administration on Children and Families), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Maria Gallo has an MA in sociology from the University of Texas, Austin and has worked with street girls with a Mexican NGO.

Michael Sweeney, OP
Michael Sweeney, OP, President, DSPT
Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, is President of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Fr. Michael's chief passion is the mission of the Church to the world, which requires an adequate theology of the laity. To that end, in 1997, he co-founded with Sherry Weddell, a lay woman, the Catherine of Siena Institute, whose purpose is to assist parishes to provide a formation for lay men and women for the sake of the mission of the Church ad extra. The Institute has reached over 50,000 Catholics throughout North America and Asia. Fr. Michael has also developed and offered workshops in priestly formation, the theology of the laity, the theology of vocation, the theology of pastoral governance and Catholic social teaching. In 2006, Fr. Michael founded the College of Fellows of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. He receives numerous invitations to give lectures and workshops related to the secular mission of the Church.

Michelle Jackson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Stanford University; Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford
Jackson’s main research interests lie in social inequality, social mobility and the sociology of education. Her research aims to understand why social background continues to be such a pervasive force in modern societies. She examines the role of social background in conditioning educational and occupational opportunities, considering both the decisions that individuals make when developing their educational strategies, and the decisions that employers make when they evaluate job applicants with different social backgrounds and educational levels.

PatricioPatricio Solis, Research Professor, Center of Sociological Studies, El Colegio de México
Dr. Solis’ research areas are in social stratification, and in life-long social inequality. Recent publications include Inequality and Social Mobility in Monterrey (Mexico DF: The College of Mexico-Center of Sociological Studies, 2007), Urban Marginalization Indicators (Mexico DF: The Secretariat for Governance and the National Council for Population, 2002), and, co-editor of Structural Change and Social Mobility in Mexico (Mexico DF: The College of Mexico, 2007). His PhD is in Sociology by the University of Texas (2002), MA in Population Studies by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, Mexico (1995), BA in Sociology by the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, and visiting doctoral student at the Max Planck Institut fur Demografische Forschung, Rostock, Germany.

Patrick McKinley Brennan
Patrick McKinley Brennan, John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic Legal Studies, Villanova University; DSPT Fellow
Professor Brennan works in the tradition of reflection on natural law and natural rights to examine a wide range of contemporary questions in jurisprudence and public law, including sovereignty, equality, authority, the rule of law, constitutionalism, the family, and punishment and forgiveness, as well as topics in administrative law, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction, religious liberty and the liberty of the church, and criminal law. He has regularly taught constitutional law, administrative law, federal courts, criminal law, and a wide range of courses in jurisprudence and in law and religion. Professor Brennan has published several books and more than sixty articles, book chapters, and essays.

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Raymundo Campos, Research Professor and Academic Coordinator of the Doctorate of Economics, Center of Economic Studies, El Colegio de Mexico
Raymundo Campos-Vazquez joined the Center of Economic Studies at El Colegio de Mexico in June 2009, following the completion of his doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Campos’ fields are Applied Microeconomics, Labor Economics and Public Economics. In general, his research implements methodologies that analyze causality; he has published numerous articles Campos teaches microeconomics and economics at the master and PhD levels. He is a Level II member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers.

Rene Zenteno
Rene Zenteno, Professor of Demography, Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Senior International Officer, University of Texas at San Antonio
Zenteno is responsible for institutional development and oversight of university-wide initiatives and global partnerships essential to UTSA international education, research and outreach. Dr. Zenteno is Professor of Demography in the College of Public Policy at UTSA. As the Under-Secretary of Population, Migration and Religious Affairs at the Ministry of the Interior in Mexico from 2010-2012, Zenteno was instrumental in writing, negotiating and enacting the 2011 Mexican Immigration Law. He also helped pass the Law on Refugees and Complementary Protection. These legal instruments provide basic rights to migrants and refugees in Mexico regardless of immigration status. Prior to his work with UTSA, Zenteno had been provost and professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and Executive Director of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He spent eight years on the faculty of the Tecnológico de Monterrey. Zenteno, who earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and undertook postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania, has received numerous honors and fellowships, including President of Sociedad Mexicana de Demografía and membership in the National Academy of Science of Mexico. He has been a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers since 1992, a distinction awarded only to the best national scholars. He has published widely in the areas of social and demographic change, international migration, and social inequality, with a focus on Mexico, U.S.-Mexican migration, and Mexican immigrant incorporation. Zenteno’s articles have been published in numerous academic journals.

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Roberto J. Blancarte, Professor and Dean, Center of Sociological Studies, El Colegio de México; Associate Professor, Groupe Sociétes, Religions, Laïcités, Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique; Member, Executive Committee, Latin American Studies Association
Professor Blancarte is a sociologist of religion. From April 1995 to January 1998 he served as councilor in the Mexican Embassy to the Holy See. He was then called to Mexico where he served as Chief of Advisors of the Vice-ministry for Religious Affairs in the Ministry of Governance until June 1999. He co-founded the Center of Studies of Religions in Mexico. From 1993 to 1999 he was a council member of the International Society for the Sociology of Religions, and also presided the Research Committee 22 of the International Sociological Association. He has served on the boards of the National Council on Bioethics, and the National Council to Prevent Discrimination. He directed the journal Religion y sociedad. He has written a dozen books, which include the authoritative History of the Catholic Church in Mexico, Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1992. He currently writes in the journals Milenio diario, and Noroeste; and, has written in such others as International Sociology, Social Compass (UK), Journal of Church and State (US), Religione e società (Italy), Problèmes d’Amérique latine (France), and in the Archives de Sciences Socials des Religions (France). His PhD by the École de Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, was under the direction of Prof. Ruggiero Romano with his dissertation, Histoire de l’Eglise catholique en Mexique de 1938 à 1982: la doctrine catholique face aux questions sociales et politique. His Masters degree is from the same institution.

Ron Austin
Ron Austin, DSPT Fellow
Ron Austin, a writer and producer in Hollywood for over forty years, is the author of several books, including In a New Light: Spirituality and the Media Arts (2006), and Peregrino: A Pilgrim Journey into Catholic Mexico (2010), an introduction to Mexican Catholic culture. He has also written for journals and periodicals such as Catholic World Today, the French edition of Communio, Nuova Citta (Rome), and Image, a Journal of Arts and Religion, on whose editorial board he has served since its inception. A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, and the Directors Guild, he is also a former member of the board of directors of the Writers Guild of America and the recipient of a Writers Guild lifetime achievement award. Ron’s work in Hollywood as a writer and producer includes feature films, over a hundred primetime TV credits, and several documentaries. Ron has taught screenwriting at the University of Southern California (USC) graduate film school, as well as the Writers Guild Open Door Program, the Cine Citta school in Rome, and at the Act One Program in Hollywood. Ron has dedicated many years working face-to-face with the poor, including years of service as a prison chaplain.

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Rosa Maria Rubalcava, Professor, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (Flasco)
Prof. Rubalcava worked as research professor in El Colegio de México from 1969 to 1994, and was the General Director for Population Studies at the National Population Council (CONAPO) from 1995 to 2000. Prof. Rubacalva has authored many books and articles on such socio-demographic themes as social inequality, marginalization, local segregation and polarization in Mexico, as well as on research methodology in the social sciences and on statistical techniques. Prof. Rubacalva’s PhD is in Social Sciences with a specialization in Social Anthropology, by the Center for Higher Research and Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS). She also completed studies in Actuarial Sciences by the Faculty of Science in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Sandra
Sandra Kuntz Ficker, Research Professor, Center for Historical Studies, El Colegio de México
Professor Kuntz Ficker has taught in the Autonomous University of Mexico at Xochimilco, and has accepted invitations to teach and undertake research at such institutions as Stanford, Chicago, UCSD, and UT-Austin. She is a member of the National System of Researchers, level III. Her focus on Mexican economic history is particularly on the period 1850-1950, and on foreign trade and Mexican trade policy therein, as well as on the economic impacts of the railroads. Among her main publications are Foreign Ventures and Domestic Market: The Mexican Central Railway, 1880-1907 (1995), Mexican Foreign Trade in the Era of Liberal Capitalism, 1870-1929 (2007), and Mexican Exports during the First Globalization, 1870-1929 (2010). She is the series editor for The General Economic History of Mexico, co-published in 2010 by the Secretariat for the Economy and The College of Mexico. Kuntz Ficker holds a PhD in History from El Colegio de México

Timothy Smeeding
Timothy Smeeding, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The country’s most distinguished expert on the measurement of poverty in a national and cross-national context, Tim Smeeding is also a former Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008-2014). His recent work has been on income security policy; measuring poverty; mobility across generations; and inequality, wealth, and poverty in a national and cross-national context. His recent publications include From Parents to Children, co-edited with John Ermicsch and Markus Jantti (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012); The Handbook of Economic Inequality, co-edited with Brian Nolan and Weimer Salverda (Oxford University Press, April 2009); Poor Kids in a Rich Country: America's Children in Comparative Perspective, co-authored with Lee Rainwater (Russell Sage Foundation, 2003);The Future of the Family, co-edited by Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Lee Rainwater (Russell Sage Foundation, 2004; paperback ed., 2006) The American Welfare State: Laggard or Leader? with Irv Garfinkel and Lee Rainwater (Oxford University Press, February 2010). In 2011 he published two additional edited volumes, Young Disadvantaged Men: Fathers, Families, Poverty, and Policy, with Irv Garfinkel and Ron Mincy (ANNALS Volume 635, May 2011), and Persistence, Privilege and Parenting: The Comparative Study of Intergenerational Mobility, with Robert Erikson and Markus Jantti (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011).

Tomás Jiménez
Tomás Jiménez, Associate Professor of Sociology, Stanford University; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford, Faculty fellow, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), Stanford
Jiménez is one of the country’s top experts on immigration, assimilation, social mobility, and ethnic and racial identity. His book, Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity (University of California Press, 2010) draws on interviews and participant observation to understand how uninterrupted Mexican immigration influences the ethnic identity of later-generation Mexican Americans. The book was awarded the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Latinos/as Section Distinguished Book Award.

Will Lightbourne
Will Lightbourne, Director, California Department of Social Services.
Having served as the director of three county social services agencies as well as being a member of numerous commissions, councils, boards and nonprofits, over the past three decades, he has been deeply involved in a wide range of social welfare issues in California. Prior to coming to the California Department of Social Services, Will served as Director of the Social Services Agency of the County of Santa Clara for more than ten years. He also served as Executive Director of the Human Services Agency of the City and County of San Francisco, and as Director of the Santa Cruz County Human Services Agency. Before his role in the public human services field, Will served as General Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, one of the oldest and largest private human services organizations in the Bay Area.

William Cardinal Levada
William Cardinal Levada
Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President emeritus of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and International Theological Commission, President emeritus of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", Archbishop emeritus of San Francisco (U.S.A.), Episcopal liaison to the DSPT College of Fellows