TITLES IN 2021
Evidence Based Policymaking: envisioningva new era of theory, research, and practice.
(Routledge Press) with Karen Bogenschneider.
The Making of a Clueless Rebel
A Wayward Academic: Reflections from the policy trenches
Tom Corbett is emeritus senior scientist and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he served as associate and acting director for a decade before his retirement. He received a doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin and taught various social policy and program evaluation courses there for many years. During his long academic and policy career he consulted with government at the local, state, and national levels including a stint in Washington D.C. where he helped develop President Clinton’s welfare reform legislation. He has written dozens of articles and reports on poverty, social policy, and human services issues and given hundreds of talks across the nation on these topics. His earlier works not included below are Policy Into Action (2003, with Mary Clare Lennon), Evidence-Based Policymaking (2010, with Karen Bogenshneider), The Other Side of the World (2011, with Mary Jo Clark, Michael Simonds, and Heywood Turrentiine), and Return to the Other Side of the World (2013, with Mary Jo Clark, Michael Simonds, Kathy Sohn, and Heywood Turrentine). The author lives in Madison Wisconsin.
THE OVERALL RATING FOR MY
SOLE-AUTHORED BOOKS IS 4.6 OUT OF 5 STARS!
IN THE PRESS
Dennis Dresang Ph.D.,
Professor of Public Policy, U. of Wisconsin
“Tom Corbett exposes the reader to the raw reality of confronting our most difficult social issues in this engaging, compelling, yet witty book. He brings the doing of policy alive, going beyond the dry numbers to reveal the human side of the equation.”
Robert Moffitt Ph.D.,
Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University
“A wonderful first-person account at the ground level of welfare reform in recent times. It was a momentous time for the reform of the nation’s welfare system and Corbett was in the thick of it. He relates what happened with a wry, self-deprecating sense of humor, but there are serious lessons to be learned…”
Pacific Review of Books
“…a fascinating and worthwhile read. Tenuous Tendrils by Tom Corbett is a captivating read with engaging vignettes which paint a picture of a retired professor, his life, and the connections which bind everything together.”
Karen Bogenschneider, Professor of
Human Ecology U. of Wisconsin
“Corbett’s reflections, woven together with great insight and humor, transform public policy from a class that is boring and mundane to a career that can be engaging and germane. These stories from the political front lines can inspire even the most reluctant students to make policy a cause of their own.”
Matt Stagner, Ph.D. MPR Research
Inc., and Univ. of Chicago
"Corbett’s stories from the front lines of policy making, like All Quiet on the Western Front or The Things They Carried, provide great insight into the way the world works, not what the generals or policy planners think is happening.”
Pacific Review of Books
"…I found “Ouch, Now I Remember) to be a witty yet edifying read, riddled with some funny moments and insights…with many of them making me laugh out loud. I enjoy his writing style; it was comforting yet candid, like listening to a respected relative recount their own life with unabashed honesty.”