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Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., PhD

Inducted in 2023

Current Position

Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., Professor, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice and serves as Vice Provost for Diversity + Inclusion and Faculty Development at the University of Chicago. His scholarship examines the life course statuses of urban Black males, including paternal involvement among nonresident males, the social construction of masculinity among adolescent and young adult males and the relationship between urbanicity and Black males’ health statuses. He is the editor of Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy (2010, OUP).

His research affiliations include the Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health and the HHS Framing Responsible Fatherhood Technical Working Group. He served on the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Advisory Board, the ACF/OPRE Welfare Research and Family Self-Sufficiency Technical Working Group, and APA Working Group on Health Disparities in Men and Boys.

Johnson’s university affiliations include the Center for Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and is a Fellow of the Center for Health Administration Studies. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts & Inquiry. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Social Workers, Society for Research on Child Development, Society for Social Work and Research and the Council on Social Work Education. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for Social Work and Social Welfare.


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