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Joshua McCabe

Joshua McCabe

Associate Director of the Freedom Project

Dr. McCabe is a sociologist studying political and economic life, mostly from a comparative and historical perspective.

He is currently working on a book manuscript on the increasing use of tax credits as antipoverty tools in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, examining the factors behind the divergent use of a “tax relief” frame in the U.S. versus a “poverty relief” frame in the U.K. and Canada. He has published pieces in Social Science History, Studies in Emergent Order, and the Journal of Socio-economics.

He has taught courses on American society, race and ethnic relations, and the financial crisis. He will teach a course on morals and markets in Spring 2016 in which students will explore the relationship between markets, commodification, and various moral orders including family, education, healthcare, and the environment.

A native of Massachusetts, he was born and raised in the great city of Lowell. The city has been a source of his sociological imagination for as long as he can remember. He has been grappling with the idea of freedom even since reading Milton Friedman’s classic, Capitalism and Freedom, back in college. He is especially interested in the idea of freedom as it relates to the sociological triumvirate of class, race, and gender.