Sanford Schram

Sanford Schram


Political Science, Hunter College, CUNY

Sanford Schram is a noted American political scientist and author. Schram is on the faculty in the Political Science Department at Hunter College, CUNY and in the Sociology Department at the CUNY Graduate Center where he teaches in the doctoral program in Political Science. He is also active as a Faculty Associate at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute (which is part of Hunter College).

Schram has written six books and has co-authored, co-edited or been editor of nine others. Two of his books, the solely authored Words of Welfare (Minnesota, 1995) and Disciplining the Poor (Chicago, 2011)--co-authored with Joe Soss and Richard Fording--both received the American Political Science Association’s Michael Harrington Award for books dedicated to promoting social change. Disciplining the Poor has also received multiple other awards including in 2012 the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award from the American Sociological Association for the best book for combating racism.

In 2012, Schram received the Charles McCoy Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association (New Political Science Section) which is given each year to "a progressive political scientist who has had a long successful career as a writer, teacher, and activist." His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and other academic journals, as well as The Washington Post and other mass media publications.

Previously, he taught social theory and social policy in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. Schram is currently completing a book with Richard Fording entitled Hard White: Trump and the Alt-Right.