Sheila D. Collins

Professor of Political Science emerita, writer, blogger on politics, public policy, the environment, social activist

Sheila D. Collins is Professor of Political Science Emerita, William Paterson University and former director of its graduate program in Public Policy and International Affairs. She is the author or co-author of six books and numerous articles, book chapters and encyclopedia entries on politics and public policy, social movements, and religion. Her books include: When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal (co-authored and edited, 2013); Washington's New Poor Law: Welfare Reform and the Roads Not Taken, 1935 to the Present (co-authored, 2001); Let Them Eat Ketchup! The Politics of Poverty and Inequality (1996); Jobs for All: A Plan for the Revitalization of America (co-authored, 1994); The Rainbow Challenge: The Jackson Campaign and the Future of U.S. Politics (1987); and A Different Heaven & Earth: A Feminist Perspective on Religion (1974). Her blogs have appeared on Truthout, the Huffington Post, Oxford University Press, New Politics and Religion Dispatches. Her most recent research and writing is in the area of climate change and environmental crisis. Collins co-Chairs the Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare and Equity and the seminar on Globalization, Labor & Popular Struggles, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Studies and is a member of the Global Ecological Integrity Group. She is also co-founder and board member of the National Jobs for All Coalition.