Dr. von Mahs joined the New School in 2005. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. His research and teaching interests include poverty and homelessness, comparative social policy analyses, globalization processes, social control and the criminalization of the poor, social movements, and ethnography. Dr. von Mahs has been awarded grants from the German Marshall Fund, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. Prior to coming to the New School he taught at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.