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Heleen Blommers is a PhD Candidate in Social and Economic History. For her PhD project Deconstructing the War on Poverty: the rise of a policy failure narrative, 1964-1985, she received a NWO “PhD in the Humanities Grant”.

The War on Poverty was a large-scale domestic anti-poverty program launched in the United States in 1964. Criticisms on it arose as soon as the program was implemented. By the mid-1980s this had developed into the dominant idea that the War on Poverty had failed. This has had a profound impact on U.S. welfare politics since. But why and how did this notion become so prevalent? This PhD project aims to answer this question by analyzing (1) why the program was criticized nationally and in Baltimore, Eastern Kentucky, and Georgia and (2) how this developed into the widespread idea of failure.

During her research master and for her PhD project she conducted research in various archives in the United States and she received numerous grants, including a Fulbright.

Education/Academic qualification

History, Master

Sep 2015Jul 2017

History, Bachelor

Sep 2011Jun 2015

History, PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Sep 2018 → …

Research Output 2015 2019

  • 4 Paper
  • 1 Review article
  • 1 Online publication or Website

Changing the narrative: assessing legacy writing on the War on Poverty

Blommers, H., 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

From federal policy to local impact: how the Baltimore War on Poverty was fought

Blommers, H., 2017, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

Lyndon B. Johnson and the experts: how academia shaped the War on Poverty

Blommers, H., 2017, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

The War on Poverty, New Deal, and female-headed families: tracing the culture of poverty theory back to the 1930s

Blommers, H., 2016, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaperAcademic

De macht van de publieke opinie: waarom federale anti-lynchwetgeving niet tot stand kwam

Blommers, H., 2015

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Activities 2015 2016

Masterclass with prof. dr. Julia Adams (Yale)

Heleen Blommers (Participant)
1 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventSeminarAcademic

Faculty of Humanities (Organisational unit)

Heleen Blommers (Member)
1 Sep 201531 Aug 2016

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Prizes

Fulbright Grant for Visiting Scholars

Heleen Blommers (Recipient), 2019

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grant
earning a doctorate

Moody Research Grant

Heleen Blommers (Recipient), 2018

PrizeAcademic

CLUE+ Early Career Fund

Heleen Blommers (Recipient), 2017

PrizeAcademic

career
grant
Canada

Stichting Jo Kolk Studiefonds Grant

Heleen Blommers (Recipient), 2019

PrizeAcademic

grant
earning a doctorate

Rob Kroes Travel Grant

Heleen Blommers (Recipient), 2017

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grant
travel