Ph.D., University of Georgia
Fred Brooks is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. His research focuses broadly on issues of poverty and inequality with specific interests in evaluating various community, labor, non-profit and government interventions designed to decrease poverty and inequality. He has extensive experience in working with vulnerable populations including public welfare (TANF) recipients; homeless veterans; recipients of the Earned Income Tax Credit; displaced public housing residents; and unemployed non-custodial parents in arrears on child support payments. Fred has served as the Principal Investigator (PI) on 12 funded (external and internal) research projects, and his research has resulted in over 30 scholarly publications which cumulatively have been cited over 1300 times.
Prior to obtaining his PhD, Fred worked for 10 years with the community organization ACORN and three years as correctional clinical social worker at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana. His practice experience informs his research interests and the courses he teaches in the MSW program which include: Foundations of Community Partnerships; Economic Justice, Inequality and Poverty, and the MSW capstone course the Community Project.
Fred’s research focuses on poverty issues in general, with specific interests in different interventions that work to combat poverty and inequality such as community & labor organizing, social movements and affordable housing. Fred teaches multiple courses including Research Methods, Community Projects, and Economics of Poverty.