Written by a highly respected team of authors brought together by the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), this book provides accessible insights into pressing global social problems in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and proposes public policy responses for vulnerable groups, human rights, global inequality, and challenges faces by indigenous populations.

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2020 Committee Members

Glenn W. Muschert, Chair 
Khalifa University of Science Technology

Kristen M. Budd
Miami University

David C. Lane
Illinois State University

Jason A. Smith
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Table of Contents

Editors: Glenn W. Muschert, Kristen M. Budd, David C. Lane, and Jason A. Smith

Front Matter

Presidential Welcome

Corey W. Dolgon, Stonehill College

Editorial Introduction

Glenn W. Muschert, Khalifa University of Science and Technology; Kristen M. Budd, Miami University; David C. Lane, Illinois State University; Jason A. Smith, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Chapter 1. Isolation, Economic Desperation, and Exploitation: Human Trafficking and the COVID-19 Crisis

Brittany Keegan, Virginia Commonwealth University

Chapter 2. Uncertainty and Disruption in the Transition to Adulthood during COVID-19

Arnaldo Mont’Alvao, Iowa State University; Pamela Aronson, University of Michigan-Dearborn; Jeylan Mortimer, University of Minnesota

Chapter 3. Disability Rights and Healthcare Rationing during COVID-19

Bradley W. Williams, George Mason University

Chapter 4. Social-Distancing theSettler-State: Indigenous Peoples in the Age of COVID-19

Theresa Rocha Beardall, Virginia Tech

Chapter 5. The Pandemic and the Invisible Poor of the Global South: Slum Dwellers in Mumbai, India and Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nikhil Deb, Murray State University; Maya Rao, University of Tennessee

Chapter 6. The Human Right to Water and Sanitation in the Age of COVID-19

Yvonne A. Braun, University of Oregon

Chapter 7. Pandemic Perils of Migrant Workers: Inequalities Intensified

Reema Sen, Case Western Reserve University; Brian Gran, Case Western Reserve University

Chapter 8. Food Insecurity and COVID-19

Ninette Rothmüller, Graduate Center at the City University of New York

Chapter 9. Protecting Refugee Health and Human Rights in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Pathways to Justice

Alex Oteino, Arcadia University 

Chapter 10. COVID-19 Requires an Intersectional Feminist Policy Response

Kristy Kelly, Drexel University

End Matter

Chapter 11. Think Piece: On Values, Security, and Wellbeing under the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

Tatiana Karabchuk, United Arab Emirates University


Michael Adorjan, University of Calgary