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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.

McCabe is primarily responsible for coordinating and overseeing student programing, including the Adam Smith Fellowship, the annual Wintersession colloquium on freedom, and Ruhlman Conference presentations. In addition, he teaches a number of courses in the sociology department, including Morals and Markets and The Sociology of American Exceptionalism.

He received a PhD in sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, an MA in regional economic & social development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a BA in political science from Emmanuel College in Boston.

His research interests include economic sociology and political sociology with a focus on the politics of taxation and social policy. He is especially motivated by puzzles of American exceptionalism and their practical implications for public policy. He recently finished up a research project on the growing use of tax credits as social policy and its effect on child poverty in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The Fiscalization of Social Policy: How Taxpayers Trumped Children in the Fight Against Child Poverty is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. He is also in the early stages of a new project on the comparative politics of fiscal federalism and regional inequities in the United States and Canada. You can find more information on his personal website.

Recent Press

Blue State Chauvinism (CommonWealth)

Tax Reform for Working Class Families (National Review)

The Case for Block Grants (Policy Trajectories)

Reducing Child Poverty (New York Times)

A Pro-Family Child Tax Credit for the U.S. (Institute for Family Studies)

Canada's Successful Child Tax Benefit (Institute for Family Studies)



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