Deborah Belle, an associate professor of psychology at Boston University, has devoted much of her career to researching women and depression, the impact of poverty on social networks and supports, and economic inequality. She has edited or wrote a number of books on the impact of economic stress on women and families. Her most recent book is titled The After-School Lives of Children: Alone and with Others While Parents Work (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999).
For her project “Experiencing and Thinking about Economic Inequalities,” Belle plans to research how women, men, and children perceive poverty, wealth, and income differentials; how they think about the causes and the consequences of economic inequalities; and how they experience economic inequalities in their own lives. She plans to explore factors such as parenting and gender and their effects on inequality perception.
Belle earned an EdD from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute in 1992.