Mark Stern is Kenneth L. M. Pray professor of social policy and history and co-director of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. An historian by training, Stern has taught social welfare policy since 1980. His scholarship covers United States social history, social welfare policy, and the impact of the arts and culture on urban neighborhoods. He is author of Engaging Social Welfare: An Introduction to Policy Analysis (Pearson Educational, 2014) and co-author of One Nation Divisible: What America Was and What It Is Becoming (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2006), which examines the history of social inequality during the 20th century.
Stern is co-founder and principal investigator of the Social Impact of the Arts Project. His interview with artist Rick Lowe--“Project Row Houses. Interview: Rick Lowe, artist, and Mark J. Stern, professor of social history and urban studies”—appears in Tom Finkelpearl’s 2013 volume, What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation, Chapter 5, “Social Vision and a Cooperative Community. Stern’s monograph, Age and Arts Participation: A Case Against Demographic Destiny, was published by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2011. Stern holds a Ph.D. in history from York University in Toronto, Canada and a B.A. from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.