Mimi Abramovitz is Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has published widely on issues related to women, poverty, human rights and the U.S/ Welfare State. Professor Abramovitz is currently writing a book on the history of low-income women’s activism in the U.S. Her previous books include the award-winning Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women and Welfare in the U.S., Regulating the Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy From Colonial Times to the Present, The Dynamics of Social Welfare Policy and Taxes Are A Woman’s Issue: Reframing the Debate. She has also published more than 80 articles in scholarly and popular journals. Among her honors and awards, Dr. Abramovitz has been inducted into the Columbia University School of Social Work Hall of Fame.
- Received the Humanitarian and Leadership Award for Contributions in the Field of Social Work, Women, and Human Rights Association for International Conferences. New York, April 19, 2013
Recent International Conference
- Presented an invited paper entitled Privatization in the Human Service:: Impact on the Ground Floor and the Front Lines at the Conference on Privatization, Globalization, and Social Responsibility,(Vulnerability & Human Condition Initiative) Lund University, Faculty of Law, Lund Sweden, June 14 – 15, 2013
Recent Keynote Addresses/Panels – National
- Keynote Panel on the Politics of Austerity, Alfred A Taubman Forum on Public Policy, Brookings Institute, Washington, D.C. May 22, 2013
- Keynote Address entitle Gendered Obligations. Understanding Low – Income Women’s Activism in the US Since 1900, The International Conference Education Sustainable Development , Leadership and Policy ,Columbia University NYC, April 16-19, 2013
- Keynote Panel on Leading to Economic Security National Council for Research on Women, New York City, March 5, 2013
Mimi Abramovitz (2012). Feminization of Austerity, New Labor Forum, Winter21(1): 32-41.
Current Projects: 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
Research Areas: Social Work