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Mimi Abramovitz, DSW

Inducted in 2015

Dr. Mimi Abramovitz is the Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and The CUNY Graduate Center. Known nationally and internationally as a public intellectual and an activist, Dr. Abramovitz brings a gender/race/class analysis into the study of social welfare policy. She is among a small group of social work scholars whose research has appeared in major academic journals within and outside of social work. Her work has been published in major social science journals as well as in the popular press including New York Times, Washington Post, MS Magazine, Women’s Review of Books and Women’s eNews. Her five books, more than 80 articles, and hundreds of national and international conference presentations have influenced students, faculty, practitioners and public officials.

Dr. Abramovitz is the author of Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy From Colonial Times to the Present, the award-winning Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the US, and co-author of The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy and Taxes Are A Women’s Issue: Reframing the Debate. Her current research includes the relationship between “place” and health/social problems, investigating the impact of austerity policies on the human service workforce and racial equity, and a book entitled Gender Obligations: The History of Black and White Low-Income Women’s Activism Since 1900. Dr. Abramovitz has been honored with numerous awards including: NASW Pioneer, 2015; Humanitarian and Leadership Award, Association for International Conferences 2013; Activist Scholar Award, Division of Sociology and Social Welfare, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2012; Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education, CSWE, 2004; and PACE Award for Significant Contributions to Social Services and Political Activism, NASW-NYC 1995. In 2007, Dr. Abramovitz was inducted into Columbia School of Social Work Hall of Fame.

To access Dr. Abramovitz’s Faculty Page, click here: Hunter College CUNY, Silberman School of Social Work.

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