​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Articles on U.S. culture and life
If Our Children are so "Precious," We Must Invest in Them, The San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 23, 2017
Earrly Childhood Care Undervalued in Maryland, The Baltimore Sun, Nov. 12, 2017
Dodgy Compounded-Drug Makers Must Be Monitored Better, The Florida Sun-Sentinel, Nov. 2, 2017
Fathers' Unemployment Taking Huge Toll on ChildrenThe San Francisco Chronicle, April 30, 2017
The Perverse Effects of Maryland Drug-Price Bill, Real Clear Health, April 4, 2017
Young Men Say They Feel Stuck in a 'Man Box'​The San Francisco Chronicle,March 29, 2017
Middle-Class Men's Exit from the Workforce Hurts the Economy, The San Francisco Chronicle, February 3, 2017
Medicaid Patients Need Options in Opioid FightThe Toldeo Blade, January 21, 2017
Leading Opioid-Addiction Drug is Itself a ProblemReal Clear Health, December 6, 2016
Are Americans Popping Too Many Pain PillsThe San Francisco Chronicle, May 5, 2016
In Public, We're All Preoccupied with Ourselves, The San Francisco Chronicle, April 13, 2016
Health Care's Coming Crisis: Out-of-Pocket Costs, The Washington Monthly, Feb. 8, 2016 
Marriage, Poverty, and the Political DivideThe New York Times, Jan. 24, 2016
What's Happening to Failing White MenThe Washington Monthly, Jan. 12, 2016

The Erosion of America, Baltimore Sun, October 10, 2015

A Quarter of American Men Live in or Near Poverty, San Francisco Chronicle, October 3, 2015

Millennial Men’s Failure to Launch is a Problem For Us AllSan Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2015
The End of 'Mad Men' and the Sense of American GreatnessSan Francisco Chronicle, May 13, 2015
The American Male Worker: An Endangered Species? San Francisco Chronicle, April 5, 2015
Falling Marriage Rates Reveal Economic Fault LinesThe New York Times, February 8, 2015
'Old' Isn't What it Used to Be (with Kevin Sullivan), The Baltimore Sun, August 6, 2012
Not Just the Economy, StupidThe Baltimore Sun, December 23, 2011
Economic Statistics Don't Fully Measure U.S. lifeThe San Francisco Chronicle, December 3, 2010
Flying Solo: More Americans than Ever are Working, Traveling and Living on their Own, The Baltimore Sun, November 26, 2010
America Needs to Resurrect the PTAThe Baltimore Sun, July 5, 2010
America Must Get Back to Setting Goals, The Baltimore Sun, March 16, 2010
Our Posterity Deficit (with Marc Freedman), The Baltimore Sun, January 12, 2010
The New Awkward AgeThe Baltimore Sun, November 3, 2009
State of MindEducation Week, October 19, 2009
Teaching for a LivingEducation Week, September 25, 2009
It's Their FutureEducation Week, August 19, 2009
Focus on Youths: Adolescents in America are in Trouble (with Mary Ann McCabe), The Baltimore Sun, August 4, 2009
The Plague of Economic IlliteracyThe Baltimore Sun, November 9, 2008
American Optimism: Is All Hope Lost, or Can We Find It? The Baltimore Sun, September 3, 2008
Reach Out to American Indians the Other 364 Days of the YearThe Baltimore Sun, November 22, 2007
Is America's Love Affair With College On the Rocks?The Baltimore Sun, July 6, 2007
Teaching or Trashing Values? The Washington Times, February 13, 2007
Clifford Geertz, Cultural Anthropologist, Is Dead at 80The New York Times, November 1, 2006
Alpha Moms and Helicopter ParentsThe San Francisco Chronicle, June 11, 2006
Let's Get Children Moving Toward a Healthier FutureThe Baltimore Sun, March 9, 2006
Utopia LostThe Los Angeles Times, February 25, 2006

Nathan Pusey: Harvard President Through Growth and Turmoil Alike, The New York Times, November 15, 2001
Dorothy West, A Harlem Renaissance WriterThe New York Times, August 19, 1998
Keith HaringThe New York Times, February 17, 1990
Conservators Named for De Kooning AssetsThe New York Times, August 19, 1989
Nevelson Estate is the Focus of a BattleThe New York Times, June 10, 1989
When East and West First Met, 14,000 Years AgoThe New York Times, September 27, 1988
Celebrities of Summer are Cashing InThe New York Times, September 28, 1987
Older Parents' Child: Growing Up SpecialThe New York Times, January 26, 1987
The Troubled FacultyThe New York Times, August 18, 1985
Alaska's Natives Try a Taste of Capitalism, The New York Times Magazine, March 17, 1985

Articles on thrift

Americans' Low Savings Rate: A Bad Sign for the EconomyThe Fiscal Times, April 26, 2015

A National New Year's Resolution: Reducing Our Debt, The Baltimore Sun, December 31, 2014

Bring Back Thrift,USA Today, December 25, 2014

A Hidden Time Bomb: Rising Debt Among the Elderly, The Tampa Tribune, December 23, 2014

Asset Poverty in America, Coalition on Human Needs, December 23, 2014

If Uncle Sam Needs to Budget Better, So Do Americans,The San Francisco Chronicle, December 19, 2014

Thrift in Early 20th Century America and Today, CFED, September 29, 2014
The Debt Crisis We're Ignoring, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 12, 2012

Cuomo vs. Cuomo on Casinos: Andrew, Heed Mario (with David Blankenhorn), The New York Daily News, January 4, 2012 A Way to Tell the Banks 'No Thanks', The Baltimore Sun, November 4, 2011
Reaching for Savings (with Alex Roberts), The Baltimore Sun, July 19, 2009


Articles on economic insecurity

To Help American Families Both Earn and SaveThe Aspen Journal of Ideas, July/August 2016
Income and Savings Advocates Share the Same GoalThe Philadelphia Inquirer, July 26, 2016
Unpredictable Work Hours Take Their TollThe San Francisco Chronicle, July 24, 2016
Forget the 1 Percent, What About the 45 Percent, The Baltimore Sun, July 19, 2016 

U.S. Jobs Growing, But Most Will Pay $15 or LessThe San Francisco Chronicle​, Dec. 11, 2015

Holiday Bounty Eludes Low-Wage Workers, The Florida Sun Sentinel, January 5, 2015

Raising Pay, Easing Hunger, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 30, 2014

Millions of Fathers and Families Need a Raise, The Tampa Tribune, June 13, 2014

Raising Minimum Wage Would Benefit Everyone, The  Florida Sun Sentinel, February 3, 2014

No Thanksgiving Holiday for Low-Wage Workers, The Florida Sun Sentinel, November 26, 2013

Trends in Inequality: The United States, Civil 20 Proposals for Strong, Sustainable, Balanced and Inclusive Growth, June 2013

The Color of Inequality, The Baltimore Sun, May 21, 2010


Articles on federal finances

A Progressive Case for Social Security ReformThe San Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 26, 2016

Forgive Us Our Debts, Bright Blue, July 26, 2014

Fasten your Seat Belts! An Even Tougher Deficit Plan, The Fiscal Times, November 17, 2010
Why Teach about Federal Finances in Modern U.S.History Courses, Perspectives on History, 2010
Why Students Need to Be Informed About Our Looming Fiscal Crisis, PS: Political Science and Politics, 43: 2 (with Cecilia Orphan), spring 2010
A Call for Intergenerational Equity (with Donna Butts), The Baltimore Sun, May 20, 2009
The Perils of Living for Today (with Addison Wiggin), The Baltimore Sun, April 8, 2009
Why Liberals should Care about Deficits, The Baltimore Sun, September 21, 2008
The Immorality of our National Debt, The Baltimore Sun, June 10, 2008 How National Debt Is Contributing to Public Disenchantment with Government, Hufftngton Post, April 28, 2008 It's Our Fault, Too, ​The Washington Post, April 12, 2008 Early Retirement, The Baltimore Sun, March 26, 2008

Making Tax Day Less Painful, The Washington Times, March 26, 2008

Rising Debt is Very Scary (with Diane Lim Rogers), The Baltimore Sun, April 2, 2006

Chump-Change Budget Cuts (with Isabel Sawhill), The Los Angeles Times, November 12, 2005


Articles on U.S. politics and policy

​N.Y. FossilFuel Divestment Bill is Misguided, The Albany Times-Union, October 24, 2017 
Trump Administration Must Base Policy on Science,The San Francisco Chronicle, November 17, 2016
The 'Price of Paying Taxes' is Highest for Lower-Income Americans
, The Washington Monthly, April 18, 2016
​Faster Approval of Generic Drugs Could Cut High Prescription Costs
, The Baltimore Sun, March 23, 2016
​Congress' Approval Rating Matters
, The Baltimore Sun, July 31, 2013 ​The High Personal and Economic Cost of our Broken Immigration System, The Baltimore Sun, May 20, 2013 ​Ranks of the Long-Term Unemployed Mushroom in Grim Economy, The Fiscal Times, August 5, 2011 ​Will Our Leaders Be Able to Lead, The Baltimore Sun, August 2, 2011 ​Disagree, but Engage: That's civility (with Robert Fersh), The Baltimore Sun, February 10, 2011
A History of Federal Child Antipoverty and Health Policy in the United States Since 1900. Child Development Perspectives, v. 5, no. 1, Feb. 11, 2011

History of U.S. Children's Policy, 1900-Present, First Focus, spring 2009

Republicans Gain as Deficits Dominate Governors’ Races, The Fiscal Times, October 11, 2010
Vote Now or Forever Hold your Peace, The Baltimore Sun, September 8, 2010
The decline of the ‘middle’, The Baltimore Sun, April 26, 2010
If it IS broke, Fix It, ​The Baltimore Sun, February 23, 2010
Reclaim the 'town hall' for Genuine Public Engagement (with Ruth Wooden), The Baltimore Sun, December 21, 2009

Children First, The Baltimore Sun, May 29, 2009

Public Engagement in the Obama Era (with Stephen Heintz), The Baltimore Sun, February 25, 2009 Parallel Crises in Health Care, Higher Education ​(with Patrick Callan), The Baltimore Sun, January 11, 2009 ​Bailing out Yesterday's Industry, or Investing in Tomorrow's? (with Michael Rose), The Baltimore Sun, December 28, 2008 A New Trio for Our Times, The Baltimore Sun, November 30, 2008​/ OBAMA, LULA E SARKOZY SÃO MODELOS DO SÉCULO XXI, DIZToward a New American Consensus, The Baltimore Sun, October 5, 2008 Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise, The Huffington Post, June 4, 2008 ​Citizenship Means Giving Something Back (with Monica Healy), The Denver Post, May 6, 2007 ​Taking Care of Business, Taking Care of America, The Baltimore Sun, July 25, 2006

Third Party Celebrates its Second Year, The New York Times, July 27, 1992

In Races for the House, Incumbents Running ScaredThe New York Times, May 14, 1992


Articles on U.S. history

The good LBJ: A long List of Achievements, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 12, 2014

Sara Oberholtzer and the School Savings Bank Movement, Historical Society of Pennsylvania Legacies, v. 12, no. 2, November 2012.
Selling a New Vision of America to the World​, Journal of Cold War Studies, v. 11, no. 4, fall 2009
John Hope Franklin, Scholar of African-American History, Is Dead at 94, The New York Times, March 26, 2009
Beyond Civics and the 3 R’s: Teaching Economics in the Schools, History of Education Quarterly, v. 49, no. 3, August 2008
The Big Postwar Story: Abundance and the Rise of Economic Journalism, Journalism History, Summer 2006

America's Story, The Baltimore Sun, May 16, 2006

Bid to Unseal Crown Heights Testimony Founders, The New York Times, September 17, 1991

The Soviet Crisis, The New York Times, August 20, 1991

Kindly Reflections on the Carter Era, The New York Times, November 19, 1990