Margaret Weir’s research centres on social policy, poverty, and urban politics in the United States and Europe. She is the author and editor of several books, including Schooling for All: Race, Class and the Decline of the Democratic Ideal (authored with Ira Katznelson, 1986); The Politics of Social Policy in the United States (edited with Ann Shola Orloff and Theda Skocpol, 1988); Politics and Jobs: The Boundaries of Employment Policy in the United States (authored, 1992); The Social Divide: Political Parties and the Future of Activist Government (edited, 1998); and Who Gets What? The New Politics of Insecurity (edited with Frances Rosenbluth, forthcoming). Her current project is a book about the politics of spatial inequality in American metropolitan areas. She gained her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.