Tom Corbett PhD. enjoys emeritus status at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Senior Scientist with the Institute for Research on Poverty where he served as Associate (and Acting) Director for many years. He holds a Doctorate in Social Welfare from Wisconsin and enjoyed teaching several social policy-related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the School of Social Work.
Corbett has long studied social assistance systems that affect the well-being of disadvantaged families. In addition, he has explored methods for assessing program effectiveness and strategies for monitoring the status of vulnerable populations. Over his career, he has given hundreds of talks and presentations to academic and policy audiences across the nation as well as served on numerous panels and Boards.
His earlier books (not included here) are a coedited work with Mary Clare Lennon (Columbia University) titled Policy into Action, a coauthored work with Karen Bogenschneider (University of Wisconsin) titled Evidence-Based Policymaking, and two edited volumes on his Peace Corps group’s service in India titled The Other Side of the World and Return to the Other Side of the World. In addition, the author has published scores of academic, technical, and policy relevant papers, book chapters, and reports on a variety of topics.
Over the years, Corbett has worked on policy issues at all levels of government, including a year as senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington where, among other things, he worked on president Clintons welfare reform bill. For example, he worked with senior state government officials on various social policy reform issues through the Welfare Peer Assistance Network (WELPAN), has consulted with numerous state and local sites across the U.S. and Canada on the organization of human services, testified before Congressional and state legislative committees, and served on a National Academy of Sciences expert panel focused on evaluating national welfare reform.
Tom Corbett is spending his retirement years publishing all those books that he never had the opportunity to write during his working years. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his spouse of 45 years, Mary Rider, and their sweet dog, rascal.