Wagner, David (1950? - )

Genre: Non-Fiction - Scholarly

David Wagner was born and raised in New York. He received both his bachelor's degree in history and his master's degree in social work from Columbia University, his master's in labor studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and his PhD in sociology from the City University of New York.

He has worked as a social worker and organizer for low income groups and the homeless and has written several books in the fields of poverty and inequality, social and political change and the history of social welfare.

He is a professor at the University of Southern Maine.

Selected Bibliography

  • Checkerboard Square (1993)winner, C. Wright Mills award
  • The New Temperance: The American Obsession with Sin and Vice (1998) winner, Northeast Popular Culture Award
  • What's Love Got to Do With It? A Critical Look At American Charity (2000)
  • The Poorhouse: America's Forgotten Institution (2005)
  • Ordinary People: In and Out of Poverty in the Gilded Age (2008)