Robert B. Hudson

Robert B. HudsonProfessor
Coordinator, Certificate in Gerontological Social Work Program
Phone: 617-353-3748


BA (political science), Washington and Lee University
PhD (political science), University of North Carolina

Courses Taught

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

Selected Publications

Hudson, R.B. In press. Political systems and aging. In L.K. George and K. Ferraro (eds.), Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (8th ed.). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Hudson, R.B. (ed.). In press. The New Politics of Old Age Policy (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hudson, R.B. In press. Contemporary challenges to aging policy. In R.B. Hudson (ed.), The New Politics of Old Age Policy (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hudson, R.B. and J.G. Gonyea. In press. The shifting political construction of older Americans as a target population. In R.B. Hudson (ed.), The New Politics of Old Age Policy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hudson, R.B. In press. The future of old age politics and policy. In R.B. Hudson (ed.), The New Politics of Old Age Policy (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hudson, R.B. In press. Social service and health planning agencies. In B. Berkman (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hudson, R.B. In press. Private retirement benefits. In B. Berkman (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hudson, R.B. 2013. Politics and policy in the lives of older Americans. In J. Wilmoth and K. Ferraro (eds.), Gerontology: Perspectives and Issues (4th ed.), pp. 307-24. New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Hudson, R.B. 2012. The CLASS promise in the context of American long-term care policy. In D. Wolfe and N. Folbre (eds.), Universal Coverage of Long-Term Care in the United States. New York: Russell Sage Foundation (ebook on-line).

Hudson, R.B. & Gonyea, J.G. 2012. Baby boomers and the shifting political construction of old age.
Gerontologist 52(2): 272-282.

Hudson, R.B. 2012. The transformed political world of older boomers. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 55(2): 3-10.

Hudson, R.B 2012. The aging policy agenda: Are we framing it — or being framed? Aging Today 33(1): 7-10.

Hudson, R.B. 2012. Old age in the welfare state. Gerontologist 52(3): 428-432.

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.

Selected Presentations

Hudson, R.B. Keynote Address. “Older voters and the changing political landscape.” Robert N. Butler Aging Center, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, June, 2014.

Hudson, R.B. Keynote Address. “Expanding the scope of conflict: The new world of aging politics.” Center on Aging, Syracuse University, June, 2014.

Gonyea, J.G. and Hudson, R.B. Bringing theory to practice: Conceptualizing “age-friendly communities.”
Paper presented to Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Nov., 2012. San Diego.

Hudson, R.B. Looming boomers: Lurching into a new political world. Paper presented to Annual Program Meeting of Council of Social Work Education. Nov., 2012. Washington, DC.

Hudson, R.B. The aged: From target population to target? Invited lecture to Gero-Ed Workshop, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, June , 2012

Hudson, R.B. Keynote Address. “The new politics of old-age policy: Implications for long-term support and services.” Annual Massachusetts Nursing Home Conference, June, 2012.

Hudson, R.B. Invited Lecture. “From approaches to arrivals: Linking policy to practice in aging. 50th Anniversary Conference of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Nov., 2012.

Hudson, R.B. Congressional Testimony. “The past and potential of an aging society,” Senate Special Committee on Aging Policy Forum, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC. December, 2011.

Hudson, R.B. Public Address. “Long-term care and the Affordable Care Act,” Distinguished Speaker Series, Ithaca College, NY. December, 2010.

Hudson, R.B. Dinner Address. “The future(s) of aging policy,” Maxwell School Summer Course on Aging Policy, Syracuse University, NY. June, 2010.

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.

Consulting and Professional Activities

Editor-in-Chief, Public Policy & Aging Report. 1996 – present.

Editorial Boards:
Social Service Review, 2001 – present.
Gerontologist, 1983-89; 2004-2011.
Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 1998 – present.
Chair, John A. Heinz Dissertation Award Committee, National Academy of Social Insurance, 1999-2010.

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.