At a recent investiture ceremony held on the UMB campus, Corey Shdaimah, LL.M., PhD, was installed as the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor for Social Justice. Just the second person to hold this prestigious position, Shdaimah joined the School of Social Work as an assistant professor in 2006. With degrees from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work, the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and the University of Tel Aviv School of Law, Shdaimah is a national expert in court-affiliated prostitution diversion programs, national childcare policy, and issues surrounding sex work and human trafficking.
Her honors include teaching and mentoring honors and being named a Temple University Trailblazer award winner; the National Association of Social Workers’ Maryland Educator of the Year; and being named one of Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Centennial’s 100 Distinguished Alumni. Shdaimah has also authored and co-authored over 50 peer-review journal articles, six books, 12 book chapters, five book reviews, dozens of invited and other professional presentations, and has been interviewed multiple times by media outlets around the world on social justice topics. Shdaimah also has served on several editorship and editorial review board positions, is a journal and grant reviewer, and volunteers at many community organizations in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and nationally.
Shdaimah commented, “I am honored to carry the legacy of Daniel Thursz’s commitment to social justice of dialogue and community engagement through my research and in the Thursz Social Justice lecture series. At the UM SSW we are experts in techniques, therapies, interventions, and analysis. Combining our knowledge with the strength, resilience, and expertise that people have on their own lives and their communities can be a powerful force for change.”
Shdaimah succeeds the retiring Michael Reisch, PhD. Reisch served in the role since 2008.