Jacob Hacker, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University, will present a lecture titled “Winner Take All Politics” on Monday, Nov. 14, at 4:15 p.m., in the Chapel. The lecture, which is part of the Levitt Center’s Inequality and Equity series, is free and open to the public.
Hacker’s research and writing have dealt with issues of healthcare, social welfare and economic opportunity; particularly how the institutions of social protection work, practically and economically. He is the author of several books, including Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class (2010), and The Road to Nowhere: The Genesis of President Clinton’s Plan for Health Security (1997), which was named co-winner of the Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration. His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as The American Political Science Review and The Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. A frequent media commentator, Hacker has written popular articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Nation.
Hacker is vice president of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and a former junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. In addition, he oversees a Social Science Research Council project on the “privatization of risk.” Recently, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, he worked closely with a group of multi-disciplinary researchers to develop the Economic Security Index (ESI), a measurement of declining income across American households.