Luisa S. Deprez
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Deprez’s scholarly interests lie in social-welfare policy including the politics of policy-making; the impact of ideology and public opinion on policy; and impact of poverty and educational and welfare policies on women. Her publications explore the ideas underlying the development of social policies, including the social, economic, and personal consequences. Since the enactment of welfare reform in 1996, her work has focused on how the restrictive nature of welfare policy affects recipients, including women seeking post-secondary education. In recent collaborations, Deprez has focused on education and employment issues, in particular the experience of unemployed women and men in the Maine Competitive Skills Scholarship Program. Deprez works with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and state legislatures seeking to extend access to postsecondary education to low-income individuals and the unemployed.