The Trust Gap: Hidden Barriers to Successful Poverty Policy

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Judith A. Levine

Associate Professor, Sociology, Temple University

Judith A. Levine will draw on findings from her book, Ain’t No Trust: How Boyfriends, Bosses, and Bureaucrats Fail Low-income Mothers and Why It Matters, to evaluate the current state of poverty policy.  The book is based on in-depth interviews with low-income mothers and documents their high levels of distrust in a variety of areas of their lives.  Levine’s talk will focus on how distrust undermines policy incentives, particularly around benefits, child care, and employment.  She will also argue that distrust among those in poverty represents an important form of inequality.

Judith A. Levine is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at Temple University.  She is also Chair of the Faculty Board of Review of Temple University Press.  Professor Levine graduated magna cum laude in Sociology from Harvard University and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.