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Sheila B. Kamerman, DSW

Inducted in 2010

Current Position

Compton Foundation Centennial Professor Emerita of Social Work for the Prevention of Children’s and Youth Problems;
Co-Director, Institute for Child and Family Policy at Columbia University; Co-Director, Cross-National Studies Research Program

Dr. Sheila B. Kamerman is the Compton Foundation Centennial Professor for the Prevention of Child and Youth Problems at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and co-director of the web-site based Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child and Family Policies. Between 2001 and 2002, she was the interim dean of the School.

Dr. Kamerman’s teaching areas are social policy, child and family policy, social services, comparative welfare state policies, and international social welfare. Her recent research activities include: a study of early childhood care and education policies and programs in the OECD countries; a study of parental leave policies in these countries; and social protection policies in developing countries.

Dr. Kamerman has consulted widely for U.S. and international organizations, including UNESCO, OECD, UNICEF, UNDP, and ISSA. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of more than thirty books or monographs and almost two hundred articles and chapters. Her most recent books are:

  • (Co-Edited with Alfred J. Kahn) Beyond Child Poverty: The Social Exclusion of Children (New York: Columbia University Institute for Child and Family Policy, 2003)
  • (Co-Edited with Peter Moss) The Politics of Parental Leave Policies (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2009)
  • (Co-Edited with Shelley Phipps and Asher Ben Arieh) From Child Welfare to Child Well-Being (Springer, 2009)

Among her honors is an honorary degree from York University, England in an unusual joint recognition of the work of herself and her colleague Alfred J. Kahn in cross-national social policy research.

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