David Stoesz is Professor of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Springfield. He received his MSW from Ohio State University and his doctorate from the University of Maryland. In addition to having held direct practice and administrative positions in mental health and public welfare, he has published books and articles on international development, child welfare, welfare reform, social theory, postmodernism, and financial services. He co-authors American Social Welfare Policy, 7th edition (Pearson, 2013). His book, Quixote’s Ghost: The Right, the Liberati, and the Future of Social Policy (Oxford, 2005) won the Pro Humanitate Literary Award. At the University of Birmingham he will be writing about “the dynamic welfare state,” posted by New America. In addition to being a father, he is an avid downhill skier, whitewater kayaker, furniture maker, and creative chef.