Dr. Ruth A. Brandwein is Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the School for Social Welfare at Stony Brook University. Brandwein received her Ph.D. from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 1978. She went on to work as an activist, academic, and administrator, focusing particularly on poverty, domestic violence, women and families, welfare, and feminist theory and practice. In addition to her tenure at Stony Brook University, Brandwein served as Suffolk County (New York)'s Commissioner of Social Services; held a Distinguished Chair at the University of Utah's School of Social Work; taught at Boston University; and was Director of the School of Social Work at University of Iowa. Brandwein was also a founding member of the Women's Committee of 100, an advocacy group that lobbied against various welfare reform measures in the 1990s. Brandwein has edited several works on poverty and violence, including Battered Women, Children, and Welfare Reform: Ties that Bind (Sage Publications, 1999). She currently serves on the editorial board of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work.