Political Science Prof Publishes Second Book
July 08, 2015
Dr. Matthew Gritter of the Angelo State University political science faculty has completed his second book, “The Policy and Politics of Food Stamps and SNAP,” which is scheduled to be published in August through Palgrave Macmillan.
Food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is the largest federal program dealing with food insecurity, affecting over 40 million Americans. Gritter examines how it is possible, in an age of conservative ascendancy, resistance to federal intervention and an increasingly threadbare safety net, that the program has endured. While the program remains intact, it remains vulnerable to challenges institutionally and ideologically. Gritter’s book explores the resilience of food stamps/SNAP since the Personal Responsibility Act of 1996. He provides a unique look at a program that ballooned in participation during the 2000s, even prior to the economic recession that began in December 2007.
An assistant professor in the ASU Department of Political Science and Philosophy since 2012, Gritter is also the author of “Mexican Inclusion: The Origins of Anti-Discrimination Policy in Texas and the Southwest,” published in 2012. He teaches American politics and public policy, and his research interests include American political development, public policy, race and ethnicity, and immigration. He earned his doctorate at The New School in New York City.