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Linda Houser PhD

PhD Program Director

  • PhD Social Work 2010

    Bryn Mawr College (PA)

  • MSW Administration, Policy, and Planning 2000

    Temple University (PA)

  • SW 540 Social and Economic Justice I

  • SW 636 Organization and Program Development

  • SW 541 Social and Economic Justice II

  • SW 801 Methods of Inquiry and Analysis

  • SW 803 Using Quantitative Methods I

  • SW 815 Using Quantitative Methods II

My research and policy practice focus on efforts to improve financial, workplace, and caregiving security for women and families across the age and socioeconomic spectrum. This work continues to follow three distinct but related strands: (1) labor force policy implementation (including paid family leave and paid maternity leave, paid/earned sick days, child care subsidies); (2) economic insecurity and caregiving; and (3) gender and work (for example, work patterns and supports for women with breast cancer).

Selected Awards

  • Faculty Research Award Nominee, Widener University, 2015

  • Award for Best Article, Social Welfare Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2011

  • Award for Best Paper on Public Policy, American Political Science Association, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Houser, L., Schram, S.F., Soss, J., & Fording, R.C. (2015). Babies as barriers: Welfare policy discourse in an era of neoliberalism. Handbook of Poverty, 136.

  • Houser, L., McCarthy, M., Lawer, L., & Mandell, D. (2014). A challenging fit: Employment, child care, and therapeutic support in families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Social Service Research, 40(5), 681698.

  • Houser, L., Schram, S.F., Soss, J., & Fording, R.C. (2014). From work support to work motivator: Child care subsidies and caseworker discretion in the post-welfare reform era. Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy, 35(2), 174193.

Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)