Yeheskel ‘Zeke’ Hasenfeld, PhD (Emeritus)
Inducted in 2013
Passed away in 2019
Last PositionProfessor, Social Welfare, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
Yeheskel ‘Zeke’ Hasenfeld, PhD, is a distinguished professor of social welfare at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Following his doctoral studies in Sociology and Social Work at the University of Michigan, he joined the faculty there, held a joint appointment with the Department of Sociology, and served a stint as the Associate Dean of the School of Social Work. His research focuses on the dynamic relations between social welfare policies, the organizations that implement these policies, and the impact they have on the people who use their services. A major theme that runs through his studies is the conceptualization of human service organizations as an arena in which contesting moral assumptions compete for institutionalization through the daily practices that shape worker-client relations.
Dr. Hasenfeld has developed a distinct theoretical framework to guide a critical analysis of human service organizations, and has applied it in empirical studies of such organizations as employment agencies, juvenile courts, community mental health organizations and welfare departments. He is also interested in exploring the effects of social policies and the organizations that implement them on social rights and the exercise of social citizenship. Since his arrival at UCLA he studied the implementation of welfare reform, and is currently engaged in a series of studies on nonprofit human service organizations in poor neighborhoods.
To access Dr. Hasenfeld’s Faculty Page, click here: University of California Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs.