Randy Albelda is Professor of economics and senior research fellow at the Center for Social Policy at University of Massachusetts, Boston where she is also the Graduate Program Director of the MA in Applied Economics. Albelda has worked as research director of the Massachusetts State Senate’s Taxation Committee and the legislature’s Special Commission on Tax Reform. Her research and teaching covers a broad range of economic policies affecting low-income women and families. In addition to authoring many academic journal articles, she is coauthor of the books: Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women’s Work, Women’s Poverty; Unlevel Playing Fields: Understanding Wage Inequality and Wage Discrimination; and The War on the Poor: A Defense Manual. She is co-editor of Lost Ground: Poverty, Welfare Reform and Beyond and a special issue of Feminist Economics on lone mothers. Additionally, she is author or co-author of over two dozen policy reports, most written in conjunction with community-based or labor organizations dedicated to improving wages and work conditions, increasing access to child care and paid family leave, and gay and lesbian equality. Albelda received her BA in Economics from Smith College in 1977 and her PhD in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983.