• department Social Welfare Policy
  • education BA (Political Science), Washington and Lee University
    PhD (Political Science), University of North Carolina
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Practice and scholarly focus

Politics and policies of aging; cross-national welfare state development; design and implementation of social policies.


WP 700 Concepts, History, and Scope of Social Welfare Policy
WP 701 Contemporary Social Policy Analysis
WP 903 Perspectives on Social Welfare Policy


Hudson, R.B. Theories of the politics and policies of aging. Forthcoming. In V. Bengtson and R.Settersten (eds.), Handbook of Theories of Aging (2nd ed.). New York: Springer.

Hudson, R.B. 2015. Political systems and aging. In L.K. George and K. Ferraro (eds.), Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (8th ed.) (pp.441-459). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Hudson, R.B and DiNitto, D. 2015. In press. Private retirement benefits. In B. Berkman (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging (pp. 621-30). New York: Oxford University Press.

Gonyea, J.G. and Hudson, R.B. 2015. Emerging models of age-friendly communities: A framework for understanding inclusion. Public Policy & Aging Report, 25(1): 9-14.

Hudson, R.B. (ed.). 2014. The New Politics of Old Age Policy (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hudson, R.B. 2014. The aging network and long-term care services and supports. Generations 38(2): 22-29.

Hudson, R.B. 2014. 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. 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. Keynote address. “Old Age Policy Upon the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty.” Thurz/Bechill Memorial Lecture, Center on Global Aging, Catholic University of America, Oct. 8, 2015.

Hudson, R.B. and Gonyea, J. Paper presentation, “A Shifting Economic and Political Landscape: New Realities for Aging Families.” International Research Association on Aging Families Conference, Syracuse University, June 3, 2015.

Hudson, R.B. Symposium Organizer, “The Shifting Political Construction of Old Age and Its Consequences.” Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Washington DC: Nov. 8, 2014.

Hudson, R.B. Paper presentation, “The Aging Network and the Consolidation of Health and Long-Term Care Services,” Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington, D.C., November 10, 2014.

Hudson, R.B. Paper presentation. “Old Age Politics over Time Through the Lens of Schneider and Ingram’s Typology of Target Populatons.” Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. Washington, DC: August 28,2014.

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. Paper presentation. Bringing theory to practice: Conceptualizing “age-friendly communities.” Annual Meeting of Gerontological Society of America, Nov., 2012. San Diego.

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

Hudson, R.B. Invited lecture. “The aged: From target population to target?” 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.

Professional Activities and Certifications

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

Editorial Board Member:
Social Service Review, 2001 – present.
Gerontologist, 1983-89; 2004-2011.
Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 1998 – present.

Committee 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.

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