Katherine S. Newman is the Malcolm Forbes Class of 1941 Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and the Director of the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University. Formerly the Dean of Social Science at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Urban Studies in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Newman has also taught at Columbia University. Newman is the author of eight books on topics ranging from urban poverty to middle class economic insecurity to school violence. Her most recent book (in collaboration with Victor Chen) is *The Missing Class*, an analysis of the condition of the near poor in American society. In previous books, such as *No Shame in My Game*, *Falling From Grace - Downward Mobility in the Age of Affluence*, *A Different Shade of Grey: Mid-Life and Beyond In the Inner City* and *Chutes and Ladders*, she has chronicled the experiences of low-wage workers struggling against formidable odds to lift themselves out of poverty. Newman has won a number of awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Prize and the Hillman Book Award, and appears frequently on public radio and television. She's now working on a number of international studies including labor market discrimination in India and educational pathways in the post-apartheid South Africa.