Katherine Newman

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Katherine S. Newman
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Katherine Newman speaks at the New America Foundation's "Inequality and the Great Recession" event
Chancellor of UMass Boston
In office
1 July 2018 – 1 August 2020
Preceded byBarry Mills
Succeeded byMarcelo Suárez-Orozco
Personal details
Born (1953-02-21) February 21, 1953 (age 70)
EducationUniversity of California, San Diego
University of California, Berkeley
OccupationUniversity Professor
University Dean
University Provost

Katherine S. Newman (born February 21, 1953) is an American academic administrator who currently serves as the System Chancellor for Academic Programs, the Senior Vice President for Economic Development and the Torrey Little Professor of Sociology at UMass Amherst.[1] Newman previously served as the interim Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston from July 1, 2018 to August 1, 2020.[2][3][4] She previously served as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of The University of Massachusetts system in the Office of the President in Boston,[5] Provost of UMass Amherst, a professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and Harvard University, and is an American author. Newman received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for No Shame in My Game in 2000.[6] In February 2020, UMass System President Marty Meehan appointed Newman as the System Chancellor of Academic Programs.[7]


  • Law and Economic Organization: A Comparative Study of Preindustrial Societies (1983)
  • Falling from Grace: Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence (1989)
  • Declining Fortunes: The Withering Of The American Dream (1993)
  • No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City (1999)
  • A Different Shade of Gray: Midlife and Beyond in the City (2003)
  • Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings (2004) with David Harding, Cybelle Fox, Jal Mehta, and Wendy Roth.
  • Chutes and Ladders: Navigating the Low-Wage Labor Market (2006)
  • The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America (2007), with Victor Tan Chen
  • Who Cares?: Public Ambivalence and Government Activism from the New Deal to the Second Gilded Age (2010), with Elisabeth Jacobs
  • Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged (2011), with Rourke O'Brien
  • The Accordion Family: Boomerang Kids, Anxious Parents, and the Private Toll of Global Competition (2012)
  • After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa (2014), with Ariane De Lannoy
  • Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the Twenty-First Century (2016), with Hella Winston
  • Downhill from Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality (2019)


  1. ^ "Katherine Newman". University of Massachusetts. February 15, 2022.
  2. ^ "UMass Board of Trustees Appoint Katherine Newman Interim Chancellor of UMass Boston". UMass Boston News. June 21, 2018. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Chancellor-elect Suárez-Orozco Establishes Endowed George Floyd Honorary Scholarship". UMass Boston News. University of Massachusetts Boston. July 27, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  4. ^ Lisinski, Chris (August 6, 2020). "Suarez-Orozco launches tenure at UMass Boston, which he says is 'a university of and for the times'". The Dorchester Reporter. Boston Neighborhood News, Inc. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  5. ^ "Katherine Newman". TIME. 20 February 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  6. ^ "2000: "Mandela", by Anthony Sampson and "No Shame in My Game", by Katherine Newman". Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2013.
  7. ^ Forry, Bill (February 20, 2020). "New role for Newman within UMass: system chancellor of academic progress". Dorchester Reporter. Retrieved March 20, 2022.