Abramovitz, Mimi | DSW (Fellowship Leave)

Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Work
Phone: (212) 396-7535
Office: 432
Email: iabramov@hunter.cuny.edu
Areas of Expertise:
History US Welfare State The Impact of Neoliberalism on the US Welfare State; Contemporary Social Welfare Policy Issues; Low Income Women’s Activism; and Class, Race, Gender and Social Welfare Policy

DSW, Columbia University School of Social Work
MSW, Columbia University School of Social Work

Social Welfare Policy MSW Program
Social Welfare Policy PhD Program

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Voting Is Social Work: Voices From the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign  Journal of Social Work Education
Abramovitz, M.,  Sherraden M, Hill, K., Rhodes Smith, T., Lewis, B., & Mizrahi, T. (2019). Voting Is Social Work: Voices from the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign. Journal of Social Work Education.  .  Free Access online. online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2019.1656690

Mimi Abramovitz and Jennifer Zelnick (2015) Privatization in the Human Services Implications for Direct Practice, Journal of Clinical Practice 43(3) pp. 283-  293

Mimi Abramovitz and Lisa Blitz (2015) Moving Toward Racial Equity: The Undoing Racism Workshop and Organizational Change. Journal of Race  and Social Problem  7(2), pp. 97-110

Mimi Abramovitz, (2014) Economic Crises, Neoliberalism, and the U.S. Welfare State: Trends, Outcomes and Political Struggle. Global Social Work Education: Crossing Borders and Blurring Boundaries, Carolyn Noble, Helle Strauss & Brian Littlechild (eds.). Sydney University Press , pp. 225-241

Jochen Albrecht and Mimi Abramovitz (2014) Indicator Analysis for Unpacking Poverty in New York City, Journal of the Urban and Regional   Information Association (26(1), pp.  5-12


Unpacking Poverty: The Social Determinants of Health and Social Problems

Seeking to unpack the complexities of poverty and understand persistent patterns of disadvantage, this research proposes stress as a pathway between adverse neighborhood conditions (i.e., accumulated disadvantage) and a high concentration of health and social problems in some but not other NYC neighborhoods; that is "Place Matters." The primary and secondary data collected to document neighborhood conditions, stress, and health/social will be statistically analyzed and spatially visualized (with maps) using Geographic Information Science (GIS).


From Policy to Practice A Study of the Human Service Workforce

Three decades of public policy have affected the capacity of human service agencies to serve people in need. Yet little is known about the impact of current budget cuts, new regulations and performance measures on the ability of human service workers to effectively deliver services. Anecdotal evidence suggests that workers and agencies are being asked "to do more with less;" to increase the pace of work; to provide more limited and less flexible services; and to spend more time on paperwork, tracking activities and computerized case management and less on building trusting relationships with clients. Some say today’s changes risk stripping the “care” from human services. Using mixed methods this research investigates what happening on the front lines.

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Undoing Racism in Human Service and Educational Organizations

Since 2005, an estimated 2500 to 3000 human service professionals have participated in an Undoing Racism Workshop (URW) designed to train participants promote racial equity workplace community and professional organizations. The impact of the URW on individual thinking and organizational structures is being assessed based on nearly 900 surveys that have been returned.


Gendered Obligations: The History of Activism Among Black and White Low-Income Women in the United States Since 1900

The research applies a gender lens to the history of activism among poor and working class women. The history reveals a long and largely untold extremely inspiring story of women who challenged prescribed gender roles to press their claims on the government to improve the well-being of their families and communities. These actions fueled the development of the US welfare state from the bottom up.


In this Podcast and video Professor Mimi Abramovitz, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College and co leader of the non-partisan National  Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign makes  a case for why it is essential for social workers become involved in  voter engagement.  Given our position between the individual and society social workers are uniquely positioned to register  the people they serve and get out the vote. See Voting Is Social Work for useful resources

Triple Pay Off: The Leap the Teacher Program (Program Evaluation 2011), Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies

Project Safe Home Evaluation: Success and Challenges: Executive Summary & Full Report, The New Destiny Housing Corporation