On March 13, Professor Kaaryn Gustafson will be a guest speaker at "Improving Welfare: Current Trends and Policy Solutions." This educational forum in being held in conjunction with Women's Day at the Connecticut Legislative Office Building.The event is being hosted by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund, Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and the YWCA Hartford Region.
Professor Gustafson has been recognized with the Herbert Jacob Book Prize for her latest book, Cheating Welfare. The prize is given by the Law and Society Association and is intended to recognize new, outstanding work in law and society scholarship.
Professor Gustafson has extensive knowledge of the nation's welfare system and a passion for getting beyond rhetoric to study how welfare functions in practice. Her dissertation, "The Morality and Rationality of Welfare: Welfare Recipients' Negotiation of the Welfare System," for which she earned a Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, is a sophisticated demonstration, based on countless personal interviews with welfare recipients, of why the rules placed on the books by welfare lawmakers may often bear little resemblance to the system experienced by those we are trying to help.
Professor Gustafson is the author of Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty (NYU Press).