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.
Documents the status of poverty among Maine women and verifies the risks to which they are exposed as a result of a recent law restricting their access to abortion. At issue is an ACLU case which challenges the requirement that abortions be performed only by a physician, not advanced practice registered nurses who would be able to perform abortions if it wasn’t for this law. In a rural state like Maine with limited physician access, low-income and poor women face considerable consequences to their health and economic well-being as well as to that of their families by the restrictive nature of this law.