Robert B. Hudson
Chair, Social Welfare Policy
Coordinator, Certificate in Gerontological Social Work Program
BA (political science), Washington and Lee University
PhD (political science), University of North Carolina
WP 700 Concepts, History, and Scope of Social Welfare Policy
WP 701 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis
WP 903 Perspectives on Social Welfare Policy
Scholarly and Practice Interests
Politics and policies of aging; cross-national welfare state development; design and implementation of social policies
Hudson, R.B. 2008. From Industrialism to Institutionalism: Theoretical Accounts of Aging Policy Development in the United States. In V. Bengston (ed.), Handbook of Theories of Aging, pp. 551-73. New York. Springer.
Borowski, A., R.B. Hudson, and J. MacCormack. 2008. Elder Participation and Senior Power in Australian National Elections. Journal of Aging and Social Policy 20(4): 458-73.
Hudson, R.B. 2008. Pension and Retirement Programs: The Role of Private Pensions in Promoting Economic Security. Encyclopedia of Social Work (20th edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
Hudson, R.B (ed.). 2008. Boomer Bust?: Economic and Political Issues of the Graying Society [2 volumes]. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers.
Hudson, R.B. 2008. Aging Policy and the Boomers: An Expanding Scope of Conflict. In R.B. Hudson (ed.), Boomer Bust? Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers.
Hudson, R.B. 2007. The Political Paradoxes of Thinking Outside the Life-Cycle Boxes. In R.Pruchno and M. Smyer (eds.), Public Policy and Responsibility Across the Generations. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, pp.59-80.
Hudson, R.B. and J.G. Gonyea. 2007. The Evolving Role of Public Policy in Promoting Work and Retirement. Generations 31(1): 68-75.
Hudson, R.B. 2007. Politics and Policy in the Lives of Older Americans. In P. Ferraro and J. Wilmoth (eds.), Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues (3rd ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Co., pp. 307-24.
Hudson, R.B. Winter 2006-7. Aging in a Public Space: The Roles and Functions of Civic Engagement. Generations 30(4): 41-48.
Hudson, R.B. 2006. Terms of Engagement: The Right and Left Look at Elder Civic Activism. Public Policy & Aging Report 16(2): 11-15.
Hudson, R.B. 2006. The 2005 White House Conference on Aging: No Time for Seniors. Public Policy & Aging Report 16(1): 1-3.
Hudson, R.B. 2006. Private Retirement Benefits. In B. Berkman and S. Ambruoso (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hudson, R.B. 2006. Social Service and Health Planning Agencies. In B. Berkman and S. Ambruoso (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging. New York: Oxford University Press.
Hudson, R.B. 2005. It’s the Stakeholders, Stupid! Or, Is It? Gerontologist 45(6): 843-47.
Hudson, R.B. 2005. The New Political Environment in Aging: Challenges to Policy and Practice. Families in Society 86(3): 321-27.
Hudson, R.B. (ed.). 2005. The New Politics of Old Age Policy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Keynote Address, “A Five-Point Strategy for Promoting Home and Community Services,” Annual Program Meeting, Council of Social Work Education, Philadelphia, October 31,2008.
Invited Lecture, “The Old and the Young in the Red and the Blue: Election 2008.” University of Maryland, Baltimore County, October 30, 2008
Panel presentation, “Public Policy and the Health Care Workforce in Integrated Settings: An Imperfect Storm. New York Association of Area Agencies on Aging, New York, September 18, 2008.
Invited Lecture, “Children and the Elderly: Funding Convergence. Presented to Meeting, “Convening of Children, Youth, and Aging Funders,” Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, December 10, 2007.
Keynote Address upon the Inauguration of the Sydney Katz Research Center, “The Older Americans Act and Enhanced Community Living,” The Benjamin Rose Institute, Cleveland, OH, September 28, 2007.
Public Lecture, “Old Age Policy in the United States: A Case in Institutional Politics,” Public Policy Institute, University of Melbourne, May 9, 2006.
Public Lecture, “The Contemporary Politics of Ageing in the United States: Implications for Australia,” School of Social Work and Social Policy, Latrobe University, and the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Melbourne, April 10, 2006.
Consulting and Professional Activities
Editor-in-Chief, Public Policy & Aging Report, 1996-present.
Co-Editor, Spring, 2007, issue of Generations, The future of older workers in America.
Chair, John A. Heinz Dissertation Award Committee, National Academy of Social Insurance, 2002- present.
Editorial board membership: Social Service Review (2001-present); Journal of Aging and Social Policy (1998-present); Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect (2004-present).
Awards and Honors
Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne, 2006.
Teaching Excellence Award, Boston University School of Social Work, 2003.
Donald P. Kent Award, Gerontological Society of America, 1996.
Arthur S. Flemming Award, National Academy of State Units on Aging, 1995.