Kate Agnelli is a research associate with a state criminal justice agency in Virginia. She holds an MSW with a concentration in administration and community practice from VCU and a BA in History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Kate has worked as a fair housing researcher, investigator, and advocate at a non-profit housing advocacy agency in Richmond, VA, which strongly informed her commitment to community-engaged social work practice and research and a desire to push for a better understanding of social welfare policy and social work.
Christopher J. Anderson is Head of Special Collections, Archives, and Methodist Librarian at the Drew University Library in Madison, New Jersey, USA. He also serves as Librarian for the General Commission on Archives and History for The United Methodist Church. He received a Ph.D. from Drew University in American Religion and Culture and a M.L.I.S. from Syracuse University. His scholarly interests include U.S. religious history, popular culture, and food studies. He has published two books, The Centenary Celebration of American Methodist Missions: The 1919 World’s Fair of Evangelical Americanism (2012) and Voices from the Fair: Race, Gender, and the American Nation at a Methodist Missionary Exposition (2012). He is currently working on a book project for the University of Arkansas Press examining the intersections of Foodways and 18th/19th Century U.S. Protestants. He has published several articles in print and online journals including: The Journal of Religion and Theater, The Journal of Religion and Film, The Journal of Library Philosophy and Practice, and Methodist History.
Michael J. Barga received a B.A. in History and Music from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2009, and his senior project entitled “Jazz in the Mass” was runner-up for the best research project in his class. The paper discussed the interpretation of Vatican II changes to Mass music by the Catholic Church of the United States, its relation to jazz, and its relevance today. Upon graduation, he served as a Mercy Volunteer with the homeless outreach team of Project H.O.M.E. in Philadelphia until 2010. When his year of service was completed, he stayed in Philadelphia and extended his exploration of the social services by taking a job as an intensive case manager for the mentally ill with Access West Philly. In 2011, he left case management to become an MSW student at Catholic University, and he continues to have a passion for history and social work.
Dr. Aaron Beckerman received his MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work in 1951 and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from Columbia University, School of Social Work in 1953. Early in his professional career, Dr. Beckerman worked 12 years as a social work practitioner/supervisor in community centers and psychiatric hospitals. From 1966 – 1970 he taught at Hunter College School of Social Work; and from 1970 – 2000 he was on the faculty of Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University. In addition to his teaching, he held a part-time position for 28 years as Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine serving as seminar group leader with medical students, medical interns and medical residents.
Dr. Beckerman is an NASW Social Work Pioneer who in retirement co-founded “Rekindling Reform,” a New York health advocacy organization with 72 sponsors supporting universal health care. Their Web site is: www.rekindlingreform.org
Edward Berkowitz, Ph. D., Professor of History and Public Policy and Public Administration and Director of the Program in History and Public Policy, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise include disability and social security. Among his recent publications are: Robert Ball and the Politics of Social Security; America’s Welfare State: From Roosevelt to Reagan; Rehabilitation: The Federal Government’s Response to Disability; and Editor of Social Security After Fifty: Successes and Failures.
Allida Black, Ph.D. is Research Professor of History and International Affairs at The George Washington University and Project Director and Editor of The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a project designed to preserve, teach and apply Eleanor Roosevelt’s writings and discussions of human rights and democratic politics. Professor Black is the recipient of the Millennium Medal from The George Washington University, the 2001 Person of Vision Award from the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women, and the James A. Jordan Award for Outstanding Dedication and Excellence in Teaching from Penn State University, Harrisburg. She has received the JNG Finley Postdoctoral Fellowship at George Mason University, a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as fellowships from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the Harry Truman Foundation and the United States Information Agency. She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University in 1993 and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from DePaul University in 2001.
Her publications include four books — Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism (Columbia University Press, November 1995), “What I Want to LeaveBehind:” Democracy and the Selected Articles of Eleanor Roosevelt (Carlson Publishing, April 1995); Courage In A Dangerous World: The Political Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt (Columbia University Press, 1999), and with Jewel Fenzi, Democratic Women: An Oral History of the Women’s National Democratic Club (WNDC Educational Foundation, 2000) and as well as a variety of articles. Columbia University Press will publish and First Women: Power, Image and Politics from Betty Ford through Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2005. Oxford University Press will publish E.R.: Eleanor Roosevelt, Politics and the Dream of Democracy and is negotiating contracts for two classroom readers on human rights.
Harris Chaiklin, Ph.D., is Professor emeritus at the University of Maryland School Of Social Work; and he has also been a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at Haifa University School of Social Work. His teaching specialties centered on the social aspects of practice and research. His research interests are in practice relating to crime and delinquency, the family, poverty, health, and history. He has published more than 60 articles and evaluation reports on these subjects. Recent articles include: The Elderly Disturbed Prisoner.” Clinical Gerontologist; “Needed: More Education for Social Work Practice in Criminal Justice” Journal of Law and Social Work; “Current and Prior Mental Health Treatment of Jail Inmates: The Use of the Jail as an Alternative Shelter” Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless; “Franklin Benjamin Sanborn: Human Services Innovator.” Research on Social Work Practice.”
Larry W. Dewitt is the Historian at the U. S. Social Security Administration. He was a Fellow at the Council for Excellence in Government during 1993–1994, and is a member of the Society for History in the Federal Government and the Organization of American Historians. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1998, Mr. DeWitt received his B.S. in psychology from Northern Arizona University and did graduate work in History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University. He completed his M.A. in Historical Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and is currently a doctoral student in Public Policy, also at UMBC. An author of numerous articles and essays, Mr. DeWitt is also the creator of one of the largest history-related web sites in the federal government http://www.socialsecurity.gov/history.
Charles Garvin received his Master’s in Social Work (1951) and his Ph.D. (1968) from the University of Chicago. He worked as a group worker for Chapin Hall (Chicago)in 1951, Henry Booth House (Chicago) 1954-1956 and the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago (1956-1963). He was a Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan (1965-2002) where he taught group work as well as other courses. He is the author of 3 editions of the book “Contemporary Group Work,” as well as “Social Work in Contemporary Society” (with John Tropman) and “Interpersonal Practice in Social Work” (with Brett Seabury). He is the editor (with Lorraine Gutierrez and Maeda Galinsky) of the “Handbook of Social Work with Groups” and of “Handbook of Direct Practice in Social Work” (with Paula Allen Meares). He has written over 50 articles and book chapters, many of these on group work. He is a past president of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups and was the first president after that organization replaced the Committee for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups. he is a life member of the board of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups. He is currently doing research on a group work model to train high school students to take leadership in resolving inter-group conflicts.
Linda Gordon, Ph.D., is a distinguished professor of history at New York University, New York, NY and recipient of many awards and honors. She is also a Fellow, Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library, 2004-05. Her areas of expertise include orphans and single mothers. Recent books by Dr. Gordon include: The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction; Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America; Pitied but Not Entitled: Single Mothers and the Origins of Welfare. She is now working on a study of the photographer Dorothea Lange and the political culture of the New Deal and World War II.
John E. Hansan, Ph.D., is a career social worker with a doctorate in social welfare policy from Brandeis University. He worked for 45 years in human service programs at the local, state, and national levels. His early career was staffing and directing settlement houses in Kansas City, MO, Philadelphia, PA, Peoria, IL and Cincinnati, OH. In 1964, he was selected to be one of the nation’s first directors of a community action program, the Community Action Commission of the Cincinnati Area. In 1971, Hansan was appointed by Ohio Governor John J. Gilligan to be director of the Ohio Department of Public Welfare; and, two years later, he was appointed Chief of Staff to Governor Gilligan. On the national level, Hansan served as director of government affairs for the American Public Welfare Assn., Executive Director of the National Conference on Social Welfare, and Interim Director of the National Association of Social Workers. He is the author or co-editor of four books, including: “Welfare Reform 1996-2000: Is There a Safety Net?” (Auburn House, 1999; “Personal Assistance: The Future of Home Care” (Johns Hopkins Press, 1998); “The National Government and Social Welfare: What Should Be the Role of the Federal Government” (Auburn House, 1997); “365 Ways...Retirees’ Resource Guide for Productive Lifestyles” (Greenwood Press, 1996).
Ellen Herman, Ph.D., is Professor, Department of History University of Oregon. Dr. Herman is a historian of the modern United States who is especially interested in the human sciences, social engineering, and therapeutic culture. Her most recent book is Kinship by Design: A History of Adoption in the Modern United States (University of Chicago Press, 2008). Dr. Herman also designed and maintains the Web site: The Adoption History Project. Her Web site is devoted to making adoption history accessible and interesting to visitors who may not be aware that adoption has a history at all.
June Hopkins, Ph.D.is Department Head and Associate Professor of History at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, her M.P.A. from Pace University, her M.A. from California State University, Northridge, and her Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She specializes in U.S. social history with emphasis on welfare history, the Great Depression, and the New Deal. Her book, entitled Harry Hopkins: Sudden Hero, Brash Reformer, was published in February 1999. “Jewish first wife, divorced”: The Correspondence of Ethel Gross and Harry Hopkins, a joint project with Allison Giffen, Assistant Professor of American Literature at New Mexico State University, was published in January 2003.
David Klaassen, until his retirement, was the Curator/Archivist, Social Welfare History Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries. Selected publications: “The Archives of Social Welfare in the United States, in Paul Stuart and John Herrick, eds., Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History (Sage, 2004); “The Archives of Social Welfare,” in Richard L. Edwards, ed., Encyclopedia of Social Work , 19th ed. (Washington: NASW Press, 1995) 225-231; “The Archival Intersection: Cooperation Between Collecting Repositories and Nonprofit Organizations,” Midwestern Archivist 15:1 (1990): 25-38; “`The Deserving Poor': Beginnings of Organized Charity in Minneapolis,” Hennepin County History 47:2 (Spring 1988): 15-25; “Achieving Balanced Documentation: Social Services from a Consumer Perspective,” Midwestern Archivist 11:1 (1986): 111-124.
Ian Lewenstein received a B.A. with distinction (GPA 3.75 or higher) in history from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. One year later, Lewenstein received his M.A. in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, where he researched United States and German foreign policy. In addition to his research experience gained from his undergraduate and graduate education, Lewenstein has an extensive background as a research assistant for a variety of professors and institutions including the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. Lewenstein’s work for the Social Welfare Archives has included research at the University of Chicago and the University of Minnesota libraries. Some key topics and figures that Lewenstein has researched and written on along with documents transcribed and digitized have been settlement houses, Charles Richmond Henderson, Eileen Blackey, and Robert Bondy.
Kriste Lindemeyer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Department Chair at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Lindemeyer’s areas of expertise are childhood in the United States during the 20th Century and the U.S. Children’s Bureau. Her recent books include: The Greatest Generation Grows Up: Childhood in 1930s America; Co-author with Joseph M. Hawes: Historical Overview of Children and Childhood in the United States During the 20th Century; A Right to Childhood: The U.S. Children’s Bureau and Child Welfare, 1912-1946; and Editor. Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: Women in American History.
Andrew Malekoff, is Executive Director / CEO for North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, Roslyn Heights, New York where he has worked since 1977. He is a NY State licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor (CASAC). Malekoff has been editor of the journal Social Work with Groups since 1990. He has taught as an adjunct professor of social work at Adelphi and New York Universities and is a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups. Malekoff has written numerous published articles, book chapters, essays, narratives, editorials and poetry. He has written and edited eight books and monographs including Group Work with Adolescents: Principles and Practice. Now in its second edition, this critically acclaimed book was designated a main selection of the Behavioral Science Book Club. He serves as consulting editor for several professional journals and is a founding member of the Long Island Institute for Group Work with Children and Youth. Malekoff lives in Long Beach, New York with his wife Dale, an art educator. They have two children Jamie (22) and Darren (18).
Mary Lou Ricker Mall contributed information and original materials about her grandfather Leroy Allen Halbert. Currently Mary’s home is the repository for much of the original writing of Rev. Leroy Allen Halbert. Her grandfather was the inspiration for her interest in a career in the helping professions. Mary has degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the University of Maryland. She taught Special Education for 31 years for Montgomery County Public Schools, MD. Much of her work was with autistic children and children with other emotional and developmental difficulties.
Jerry D. Marx, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire Social Work Department. Dr. Marx’s interest in social welfare history is reflected in his publications: Social Welfare: The American Partnership and a number of refereed journal publications: Carter, VB & Marx, JD (submitted April 2005). African American and White charitable giving patterns: A national sample. Administration In Social Work; Marx, J.D. & Hopper, F. (2005). Faith-based vs. Fact-based Social Policy: The Case of Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Social Work, 50(3), 280-282; Marx, J.D. (2000). Women and Human Services Giving. Social Work, 45(1), 27-38.
Deborah McNally: Debbie McNally is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of Washington, Seattle whose primary field is early American history. She received her B.A. from the University of Washington in 2003, cum laude with distinction in History, and her M.A. in 2006. Debbie’s interests include slavery, race, gender, and women’s history. Her dissertation, titled “Within Patriarchy: Gender and Power in Massachusetts’s Congregational Churches, 1630-1730,” addresses the average Puritan woman’s religious experience and complicates both the static concept of patriarchal New England society and the historiography which largely portrays Puritan women as either saints or disorderly sinners.
Sonya Michel, Ph.D., Professor, American Studies and History, University of Maryland. Her research areas include gender and social policy in the U.S. and in comparative perspective, and she is particularly interested in the relationship between the public and private sectors and social provision. Among her publications are Children’s Interests/Mothers’Rights: The Shaping of America’s Child Care Policy; Mothers of a New World: Maternalist Politics and the Origins of Welfare States (co-edited with Seth Koven), and Child Care Policy at the Crossroads: Gender and Welfare State Restructuring (co-edited with Rianne Mahon). She is a founding co-editor of the journal Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society. In 2005-6, she is a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she is completing a study with the working title “Old-Age Insecurity: Instability and Inequity in America’s Public-Private Welfare State.”
Catherine (Katy) Papell has been involved in social work activities since 1940. A 1937 graduate of the University of Michigan, Dr. Papell received a Master’s of Arts degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1938 and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1950. She was awarded a Doctorate of Social Work from Yeshiva University in 1979. She has been a significant force in the development, practice and professional education aspects of social work with groups since 1950. Beginning in 1957, Dr. Papell served thirty years as a member of the social work faculty at Adelphi University. During her long and distinguished career of 65 years in social work Dr. Papell has contributed significantly to:
• Group work’s struggle to affirm its purpose of social reform and community and human development as professional social work skill;
• Group work’s history in recognizing and accepting the psychological interests of social caseworkers and the clinical potential of groups;
• Social group work’s choosing social work as its professional home base from its very early associates within education and recreation and the theoretical routes of group work in other professions including psychiatry and psychology;
• Group work’s finding a revitalization of its social reform commitment in the societal environmental movement of the 60’s and its relationship with casework;
• Group work’s finding its integrative role in a foundation method representing the whole of social work and unintentionally minimizing its own identity;
• Group work’s striving to restore its own identity as a social work helping method and to develop the methodology within the context of “mutual aid” and people helping people.
Amanda Peck –Assistant Director for External Affairs and Donor Relations for University Settlement and its subsidiary organization: The Door.
Wilma Peebles-Wilkins, Ph.D., is Dean Emeritus at Boston University and a professor at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. She served for several years as Dean, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA. Dr. Peebles-Wilkins has written and published extensively on the history of Blacks in American social welfare. Among her publications are: Janie Porter Barrett and the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls: Community Response to the Needs of African American Children; African American Leadership in Social Welfare History: An Empowerment Tradition; and Twenty-one biographical essays on African Americans in the NASW Encyclopedia of Social Work.
Laura J. Praglin, Ph.D., LMSW is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. Her research and teaching interests include the history of social work, especially the interaction of the early social work profession with other civicand religious organizations . She earned graduate degrees in Social Work (M.A.) and in Religion and the Human Sciences (Ph.D.) from the University of Chicago, as well as an M.A. in Religion from Yale University.
Ms. Praglin has published on Ida Cannon, Ethel Cohen, and early medical social work in Boston, and is currently completing a book on the origins of medical social work in the U.S. She is the recipient of a Clarke Chambers Fellowship from the Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota, as well as two research grants from the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America at Harvard University. She has assisted in the preparation of two extensive historical publication projects: Bibliography of Early American Law, 6 vols. ed. M.L. Cohen, Yale Law School (Wm. S. Hein, 1998); and the Correspondence of Roger Williams, ed. G. Lafantasie, Rhode Island Historical Society (Brown Univ. Press/Univ. Press of New England, 1988).
Ms. Praglin’s other teaching, research and practice interests include the dialogue between social work and diverse forms of spirituality , as well as conflict resolution. She also serves as Coordinator of the Conflict Resolution certificate program for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Iowa.
EJ Sampson is a graduate student in Urban Geography with special interests in intersections of the past with New York City’s present Lower East Side. She is interested in comparative studies of collective memory, the built environment, and migration. Her photographs of local Triangle Fire commemorations have been displayed at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. A long-time resident of the Lower East Side, Educational Alliance is part of her daily neighborhood life; she spent a summer as a counselor at Educational Alliance’s day camp and sent her oldest child to its excellent nursery school program.
John Sorensen is the Executive Director of the Abbott Sisters Project and the co-editor of “The Grace Abbott Reader” (2008) for the University of Nebraska Press. He has organized major Abbott events for the New York Public Library, the Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Public Radio, etc. THE ABBOTT SISTERS PROJECT is a not-for-profit operation (active since 1992) established to raise public awareness of the life and work of Grace and Edith Abbott, and to educate Americans concerning the history of the children’s rights movement. firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul H. Stuart, Ph.D., Professor, School of Social Work, University of Alabama and co-editor: Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. Professor and Chair of the Ph.D. Program. Field(s) of inetrest: History of social work and social welfare; federal Indian policy; Editor of The Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. Selected Publications: Paul H. Stuart, “Historical Research,” in Social Work Research and Evaluation: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches, edited by Richard M. Grinnell, Jr., and Yvonne A. Unrau, 7th edition. (New York Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 329-338. John M. Herrick and Paul H. Stuart, eds., Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005.) Paul H. Stuart, “Individualization and Prevention: Richard C. Cabot and Early Medical Social Work,” Social Work in Mental Health, vol. 2, no. 2/3 (2004), pp. 7-20. Paul H. Stuart, ” Social Welfare and Rural People: From the Colonial Era to the Present,” in Rural Social Work: building Sustaining Community Assets, edited by T. Laine Scales and Calvin L. Streeter. (Belmont,CA: Books/Cole, 2004),pp.21-33.
Jeanne Schiff Talpers, daughter of Philip Schiff, wrote essays on Madison House as a way to “discover” her father’s passion for social action. His early death at age 56 left many unanswered questions, but fortunately the archives of Madison House at the Social Welfare Archives of the University of Minnesota brought “the House” and her father alive. Jeanne is a writer and editor. She co-authored a book on learning disabilities, edited a journal at The American Psychological Association, wrote and edited the Fairfax Hospital Monday Rounds, volunteered as counselor at Whitman Walker AIDs Clinic in 1980s, and helped found Washington Metro chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
James W. Trent, Jr., Ph.D., is Professor of Sociology and Social Work at Gordon College, Wenham, Mass. He completed his Ph.D. at Brandeis University. His scholarly research lies in the history of marginalized and disenfranchised groups. His most recent book is The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth Century American Reform (2012). With Steven Noll, he edited Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader (2004). He is also the author of Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States (1994) that won the 1995 Hervey B. Wilbur Award of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Katherine Stuart van Wormer, MSSW, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa . Her Ph.D. is in sociology from the University of Georgia. Uniquely van Wormer participated in two civil rights movements in the 1960s—one in North Carolina and one in Northern Ireland, where she taught English for several years. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited over 20 books and 60 articles, among them The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South (LSU Press, 2012), Confronting Oppression, Restoring Justice: From Policy Analysis to Social Action (2012, CSWE Press), and Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications (2013, SAGE).
Betsy Schaefer Vourlekis, Ph.D. is professor emeritus of social work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She received her B.A. from Harvard University, majoring in East Asian History, MSW from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park. She practiced psychiatric social work at St. Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC, and was staff director for Health and Mental Health at the National Association of Social Workers prior to joining Maryland’s faculty in 1988. She served on the NIMH Task Force on Social Work Research (1988-1991) and chaired the follow-up National Implementation Committee (1991-1993). She was the project consultant and field researcher for NASW’s Clinical Indicator Guideline project that developed quality improvement monitoring indicators for social work/psychosocial services in medical and psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care, dialysis centers, and home health agencies. She has worked extensively with health and mental health social work groups to design internal program evaluation tools that improve visibility and accountability for their practice. She was co-principle investigator on intervention research projects testing case management to improve adherence to diagnostic follow-up and adjuvant treatment in breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment, funded by the CDC and the NIH’s National Cancer Institute. Her historical research focuses on social work in the mental health arena.