Joel F. Handler

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Lawyer; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences


Joel F. Handler is the Richard C. Maxwell Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at the School of Law and Professor of Policy Studies at the School of Public Policy and Social Research at UCLA. His research interests include poverty, social welfare reform, and the European conception of social citizenship. He conducted numerous empirical studies on poverty, political participation, and administration of justice. He has been a member of the National Academy of Science's Committee on the Status of Black America and chaired the Academy's Panel on High Risk Youth. He is a past president of the Law and Society Association. Handler's most recent book is Blame Welfare, Ignore Poverty and Inequality (with Yeheskel Hasenfeld, 2006). For Down From Bureaucracy: The Ambiguity of Privatization and Empowerment (1996), he won the Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best political science publication in the field of U.S. national policy.

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