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Frances Fox Pivenis Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author ofRegulating the Poor,Poor People’s Movements,The New Class War, andThe Breaking of the American Social Compact(The New Press), and co-author, with the late Richard A. Cloward ofWhy Americans Don’t Vote. She is the recipient of the American Sociological Association Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology. She lives in Manhattan and Millerton, New York.