John Drew received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University, where he wrote his dissertation on the origins of the American welfare system. In 1989, he won the American Political Science Association's William Anderson Award for the best Ph.D. dissertation in the nation in his field. Drew has taught at Williams College and the University of Oregon, and currently teaches at Los Angeles Mission College.
Howard Gensler is an Assistant Professor of Business Law and Taxation in the Accounting Department at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Gensler holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. His dissertation was on the American welfare system. He is the former Dean of the Northrop University School of Law and Graduate Tax Program and has published several articles on tax policy and the economics of welfare. Gensler is particularly interested in the potential for reform of both the welfare and the income tax systems through a negative income tax approach. Gensler notes that a flat tax combined with a refundable credit can replicate most progressive rate schedules, simplify the tax law, and solve many of the problems with welfare.
D. Eric Schansberg is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Indiana University-Southeast in New Albany. Since earning his Ph.D. in Economics at Texas A&M University, he has published a number of academic journal articles on the congressional labor market, especially concerning the effects of term limits on Congress and politicians. His articles have appeared in Economics and Politics, Public Choice, and Economic Inquiry. He is also the author of a book on public policies that affect the poor: Poor Policy: How Government Harms the Poor. The book analyzes welfare policy and features a discussion of how interest groups use political markets to benefit themselves -- but in a way that inadvertently, but consistently, harms the poor.