January 2, 2019
Robert J. Chaskin has been named the McCormick Foundation Professor in the School of Social Service Administration.
Chaskin's research focuses on social policy and community practice in the areas of public housing and urban poverty, in the U.S. and globally. He examines theories of community and social policy responses to urban poverty, strategies used to guide community change, especially participatory planning and democratic governance at the grassroots level, and how research can inform community practice and policy.
His study of Chicago's housing reform efforts examined mixed-income public housing redevelopments, recommended improvements, and won acclaim for its comprehensive insights. Globally, Chaskin is studying slum clearance, and housing policy in Mumbai and conducted research on civic and political engagement of urban youth in Belfast, Dublin, and London. His work in India, Ireland, the U.K., China, Hong Kong, and Korea transformed SSA from a school with limited global social welfare activity to one that is a major player among social work institutions. Through his leadership, SSA's collaboration with Peking University and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is working to generate research, intervention, and training to enhance China's social work education and research infrastructure.