Katherine S. Newman
Katherine S. Newman is the Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The Chief Academic Officer of the campus, she provides leadership for the mission of the University in education, research, service and the impact of UMass in the community and the state of Massachusetts.
A widely published expert on poverty and the working poor, Professor Newman previously was the James B. Knapp Dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University. She also served as the Malcolm Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and the Director of the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University.
Professor Newman is the author of many books, on topics ranging from urban poverty to middle class economic insecurity to school violence. No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City was awarded the Sidney Hillman Book Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award when it was published in 2000. No Shame in My Game also was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award, as was Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings – her book on the mini-epidemic of mass murders on high school campuses in the 1990s, published by Basic Books.
Professor Newman’s most recent book is Learning to Labor in the 21st Century, written with Hella Winston, which was published by Metropolitan Books in 2015. After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa written in collaboration with Ariane De Lannoy was published by Beacon Press in April 2014, on the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid in South Africa.
Her next book, Downhill From Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality will also be published by Metropolitan. The book will advance the conversation about inequality, focusing on the devastating impact that the changing nature of retirement is having on individuals and families, as well as on society and public confidence in institutions.
Professor Newman appears frequently on radio and television to speak on a wide range of subjects related to work and education. She has been a guest on Bill Moyers Journal, CBS Morning News, ABC’s Nightline, and PBS News Hour as well as the CBC and the BBC. Her opinion articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Nation, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. And her work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia Enquirer, and the New York Times, among others.