Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social Services
NEIL GILBERT is the Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social Services. Dr. Gilbert is also the co-director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy, director of the Center for Comparative Family Welfare and Poverty Research and the founding director of the Family Welfare Research Group.
Dr. Gilbert served as the School's acting dean (1994-96) as well as chair of the doctoral program for a five-year period. He was also vice-chair and chair of the Berkeley Senate Faculty's Graduate Council and a member of the Senate Divisional Council, the Senate Faculty Committee on Privilege and Tenure and the Statewide Senate Faculty Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs.
Additionally, Dr. Gilbert was a senior research fellowship for the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva. He was a recipient of the Senior Fulbright Research Fellowship, which enabled him to study the changing structure of social services in the British welfare state. He has served as a visiting Fulbright lecturer at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He was awarded a second Fulbright Fellowship to study European Social Policy as a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at the University of Stockholm Social Research Institute. In 1993 and 1997, Dr. Gilbert served as a visiting scholar at the International Social Security Association in Geneva. In 2010 he was a visiting scholar at Oxford University Department of Social Policy and was a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg in 2016.
His numerous publications include 32 books and over 140 articles that have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Public Interest, Society, Commentary, The American Interest and leading academic journals. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Italian. His book, Capitalism and the Welfare State (Yale University Press) was a New York Times notable book and also reviewed in the New York Review of Books. His 1995 book, Welfare Justice: Restoring Social Equity, was published by Yale University Press and reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, Partisan Review and The Washington Times. In 2002, Transformation of the Welfare State, published by Oxford University Press was reviewed in the New York Review of Books, The New Republic and well-known academic journals. His 2008 book, A Mother's Work: How Feminism, the Market and Policy Shape Family Life (Yale University Press), was reviewed in the Atlantic Monthly. His most recent book is Never Enough: Capitalism and The Progressive Spirit (Oxford University Press 2017). Vanguard essays adapted from this work have been published in The American Interest and The Atlantic Magazine.
Dr. Gilbert has served on many editorial boards, including Journal of Social Policy (British), Social Work, The Journal of Social Service Research, Children and Youth Services Review and Gender Issues. He chairs the editorial board of the International Journal of Social Welfare and is editor of the Prentice Hall Series in Social Welfare, the Praeger Publication Series on the Social Services, Oxford University Press series on International Policy Exchange. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Press Library on International Social Policy.
Dr. Gilbert was the US Delegate to Oxford University Press for Social Work and Sociology, served on the board of trustees of the Head-Royce School and is chairman of the board of Seneca Center. In 1987, he was awarded the University of Pittsburgh Bicentennial Medallion of Distinction. In 2000 he was voted the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare Teacher of the Year.
- Comparative Welfare State Analysis
- Child Welfare
- Evaluation Research
- Family Policy
- Social Security
Neil Gilbert and Paul Terrell. Dimensions of Social Welfare Policy (6th edition) (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2005).
Translated into Korean 2007.
Translated into Chinese 2003.
Neil Gilbert. “The Enabling State? From Public to Private Responsibility for Social Protection: Pathways and Pitfalls,” OECD Employment and Migration Working Papers, No.26, (2005).
Gilbert, N. (1995). Welfare Justice: Restoring Social Equity, (New Haven: Yale University Press)
Paperback edition 1997.
Neil Gilbert. "Miscounting Social Ills," Society (March/April, 1994).
Neil Gilbert. "Touch and Stop," Reason (March 1994).
Gilbert, N., Specht, H. & Terrell, P. (1993). Dimensions Of Social Welfare Policy (3rd edition), Prentice-Hall.
Neil Gilbert. "Gender Equality, Family Policy, and Social Care," in Peter Saunders and Sheila Shaver (Eds.), Theory and Practice in Australian Social Policy. Proceedings of the National Social Policy Conference, Sydney, July 14-17, 1993.
Neil Gilbert. "Further Thoughts on Primary Prevention - Author Responds," Social Work, 27:6 (November 1982).
Neil Gilbert. "Policy Issues in Primary Prevention," Social Work (July 1982).
Neil Gilbert. "The Plight of Universal Social Services," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (Spring 1982).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. "A Fair Share for the Aged: Title XX Allocation Patterns 1976-1980," Research on Aging, 4:1 (March 1982).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht (Eds.). Handbook of the Social Services (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1981).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht (Eds.). The Emergence of Social Work and Social Welfare, 2nd edition (Itasca: Peacock Publishers, 1981).
Neil Gilbert. "The Future of Welfare-Capitalism," Society/Transaction (Sept./Oct. 1981).
Neil Gilbert. Harry Specht and David Lindeman. "Social Service Planning Cycles: Ritualism or Rationalism," Social Service Review (September 1981).
Stephanie FallCreek and Neil Gilbert. "The Aging Network in Transition: Problems and Prospects," Social Work (May 1981).
Neil Gilbert, Henry Miller and Harry Specht. Introduction to Social Work Practice (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1980).
Neil Gilbert. "The Design of Community Planning Structures," Social Service Review (December 1979).
Neil Gilbert. "An Initial Agenda for Family Policy," in Neil Gilbert (Ed.), Social Work: Special Issue on Family Policy, 24:6 (November 1979).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. "Title XX Planning by Area Agencies on Aging: Efforts, Outcomes, and Policy Implications," The Gerontologist (June 1979).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. The Dynamics of Community Planning (Cambridge, MA: Ballinger Publishing Co., 1978).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. Coordination of Social Services: An Analysis of Community, Organizational and Staff Characteristics (New York: Praeger Publishers, 1977).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht (Eds.). Planning for Social Welfare: Issues, Models and Tasks (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, Inc., 1977).
Neil Gilbert. "The Transformation of Social Services," Social Service Review (December 1977). *Reprinted in James Burke, et al. (Eds.), Social Policy and Social Service (Lexington, MA: Ginn & Co., 1980); and *Louis Cheng (Ed.), Towards the 1980s: Readings in Social Work (Singapore, University of Singapore 1980).
Neil Gilbert. "Editorial Board Membership—Comments," American Psychologist (December 1977).
Neil Gilbert. "The Search for Professional Identity," Social Work (September 1977).
Neil Gilbert. "The Burgeoning Social Service Payload," Transaction/Society (May/June 1977).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. "Process vs. Task in Social Planning," Social Work (May 1977).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. "Quantitative Aspects of Coordination: Is More Better? Administration in Social Work (Spring 1977).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. "Social Planning and Community Organization," in Encyclopedia of Social Work (17th edition) (New York: NASW, 1977).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht (Eds.). The Emergence of Social Work and Social Welfare (Itasca: Peacock Publishers, 1976).
Neil Gilbert. "Alternative Forms of Social Protection for Developing Countries," Social Service Review, 50:3 (September 1976).
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. "Advocacy and Professional Ethics," Social Work, 21:4 (July 1976). *Reprinted in Fred Cox, et al., Strategies of Community Organization (3rd edition) (Itasca, IL: Peacock Publishers, 1979).
Neil Gilbert. Problems of Security in Low Income Rural Areas: Alternative Designs for Social Protection (Geneva: United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, August 1975).
Neil Gilbert, Armin Rosenkranz and Harry Specht, "Dialectics of Social Planning,"Social Work (April 1973).
Neil Gilbert. Clients or Constituents (San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1970).
Neil Gilbert and Joseph W. Eaton. "Who Speaks for the Poor? Research Report," Journal of the American Institute of Planners (November 1970).
Neil Gilbert and Joseph Eaton. "Favoritism as a Strategy in Race Relations," Social Problems (Summer 1970).
Joseph Eaton and Neil Gilbert. "Racial Discrimination and Diagnostic Differentiation," in Roger Miller (Ed.), Race, Research, and Reason (New York: National Association of Social Workers, 1969).
Neil Gilbert. "Maximum Feasible Participation? A Pittsburgh Encounter," Social Work (July 1969).
Neil Gilbert. "Neighborhood Coordinator: Advocate or Middleman?" Social Service Review (June 1969).
Norman Johnson, Robert Wyer, and Neil Gilbert. "Quality Education and Integration: An Exploratory Study," Phylon (Fall 1967).
Jens Alber and Neil Gilbert (Eds.) United in Diversity:? Comparing Social Models in Europe and America (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
Neil Gilbert. "A Woman's Monopoly," The American Interest (forthcoming).
Neil Gilbert. "Tax Expenditures," "Claw Back," "Bubble Effect," International Encyclopedia of Social Policy (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
Neil Gilbert. "Foreword" to Assets and the Poor: A New American Welfare Policy by Michael Sherraden.
Neil Gilbert and Harry Specht. The Model Cities Program: A Comparative Analysis of Participating Cities--Process, Product, Performance and Predictions (Washington, DC: U.S. Printing Office, 1973). A report for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.