Zachary A. Morris 



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I am an Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at the Stony Brook University School of Social Welfare, where I research disability and health policy, comparative social policy, and management and leadership in the nonprofit and public sectors. 


My dissertation, supported by a fellowship awarded by Mathematica Policy Research and the Social Security Administration, examined recent international disability benefit reforms in search of new solutions to one of society's most fundamental distributive dilemmas.  Drawing on a harmonized cross-national panel dataset of older adults in 17 advanced economies, the dissertation explored the effects of recent disability benefit reforms and analyzes the individual and country-level determinants of disability benefit receipt. It was awarded the James and Khadija Midgley Award for best doctoral dissertation at the Berkeley School of Social Welfare


Previously, I received an MSW in Management and Planning from the University of California-Berkeley and an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. My research and book reviews have been published in Policy & Politics, the International Social Security Review, and the International Journal of Social Welfare. In 2016, I received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award at the UC-Berkeley School of Social Welfare and was elected to the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Policy & Politics.