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Eric R. Kingson

30th Anniversary Honoree, Founding Board Member, Social Security Advocate and Scholar

Eric Kingson, a Founding Board Member of the Academy and Professor of Social Work at Syracuse University, will be one of eight honorees at the Academy’s 30th Anniversary Celebration. He will be recognized at the 30th Anniversary celebration not only for his dedication to the Academy, but also for his role as a policy expert, researcher, educator, and dedicated Social Security advocate.

“Eric Kingson served as the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Academy’s Board,” said William Arnone, CEO of the Academy. “Eric was also committed to shaping interactions with university faculty and students. Serving on the Academy’s Academic Relations Committee, he helped develop the dissertation awards program, later chaired our internship programs and, co-edited with James Schulz, the Academy’s 1997 social insurance policy anthology.”  

Kingson receive his Ph.D in 1979 from Brandeis University’s Heller School, holding academic positions since then at the University of Maryland, Boston College and currently Syracuse University.  His scholarship addresses: the economics and politics of aging, Social Security, retirement age policies, caregiving and intergenerational policies and programs.  Kingson served as advisor to the 1982 National Commission on Social Security Reform and the 1994 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. In 1984-5, he directed the Gerontological Society of America’s Emerging Issues Program and in 2008 he served on the advisory committee of the 2008 Social Security Administration Transition Team. Both he and fellow Founding Board Member Nancy J. Altman founded Social Security Works and the Strengthen Social Security Coalition. He currently chairs Social Security Work’s Board.  Kingson also ran for the 24th Congressional District Seat in New York during the 2016 election. 

Eric Kingson is the author of numerous publications on the impact of social insurance policies on Americans’ lives.  With Nancy Altman, he co-authored Social Security Works!: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All (The New Press, 2015).  Kingson also writes about policy choices across generations, including co-authoring Ties that Bind: The Interdependence of Generations with Barbara A. Hirshorn and John Cornman (Seven Locks Press, 1986).  His opinion pieces have appeared in many newspapers and related venues. Viewing Social Security and related policies as instruments of civility and economic justice, Kingson also dedicates time to speaking to advocacy organizations at the local, regional, and national levels. 

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