Eric Kingson

Candidate for Congress (NY-24)

Eric Kingson, professor of social work at Syracuse University and faculty affiliate of the university's Aging Studies Institute, is founding co-director of Social Security Works and founding co-chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition. He is also a candidate for Congress in New York's 24th Congressional District. Previously on the social work faculties of Boston College and the University of Maryland, he directed the Emerging Issues in Aging Program of the Gerontological Society of America (1984-5). A founding board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), he served as policy advisor to two presidential commissions -- the 1982-3 National Commission on Social Security Reform and the 1994 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. Author of articles and books for both academic and general audiences, he writes about the politics and economics of the aging of America, retirement, interdependence of generations and the future of Social Security. His most recent book (co-authored with Nancy J. Altman) is Social Security Works: Why Social Security Isn't Going Broke and Why Expanding It will Help Us All (New York, N.Y.: The New Press, 2015). He received his Ph.D. from the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University and his M.P.A. from Northeastern University.