Salvatore Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several U.S. universities. His academic research focuses on income inequality, economic development, and statistical methods for comparative social science research. He writes a weekly column for the Inequality.org website and contributes to progressive websites and newsletters across America. Read about his upcoming book on the American economy, Benchmarking America, at BenchmarkingAmerica.com and visit his personal website, SalvatoreBabones.com. Dr. Babones welcomes e-mail and is always happy to contribute opinions and expertise to a good cause.
We Won the War on Poverty, then Lost the Peace
September 10 - If America could eliminate most serious poverty in the United States in the 1960s, surely we could do the same today. Published in Truthout.
How to Safely Scale Down the Fiscal Cliff
August 27 - A slow descent wouldn't be disastrous. Published in Truthout and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Mr. President, the Elephant in the Room Is Not a Republican
August 8 - White America is slowly returning to normal. It's a shade poorer normal to be sure, but normal all the same. The Black Economy, on the other hand, is still in full-blown recession. Published in The Star-Ledger.