Corey Shdaimah

Corey ShdaimahCorey Shdaimah, Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice, Academic Coordinator for the MSW/JD & MSW/MPP Dual Degree Programs 

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706-7544
Room: 3W17
Shdaimah CV


Mailing Information:

UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


LLB, Tel Aviv University School of Law
LLM, University of Pennsylvania Law School
PhD, Bryn Mawr College

Expertise and Research Interests

Street-based Sex Work
Court-Affiliated Prostitution Diversion Programs
Child Care Policy
Theory and practice knowledge


Law and Society Association
National Association of Social Workers

In the Media

The Struggle for Affordable Child Care [WYPR - August 2014]
Baltimore Diversion Program Aims To Keep Prostitutes Off The Street [WYPR - July 2014]


A Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Podcast. (2021, June). Episode 4: Women’s work: Women bear the brunt of the child care crisis. 

A Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Podcast. (2021, June). Episode 2: U.S. history hides clues about child care and the fight for reform. 

Singer, J. B. (Producer). (2013, June 28). The challenges and rewards of collaborative community-based research for social change: Interview with Corey Shdaimah and Sanford Schram [Episode 82]. Social Work Podcast [Audio Podcast]. Available at
Napier-Pearce, J. (Host/Producer). (October 18, 2012). Social justice on the front lines: Interview with Corey Shdaimah on Utah Public Radio KCPW. CityViews. [Live Broadcast]. Available at
Episode 92 - Dr. Shelly Wiechelt and Dr. Corey Shdaimah: Women's Experiences in Street-Level Prostitution: Implications for Court-Based and Social Service Programs (part 1 of 2). (2012, March 19). Living Proof Podcast Series. [Audio Podcast] Available at
Office Hours 33 - Corey Shdaimah on Progressive Lawyering: Interview by Sarah Lageson. The Society Pages. (2011, October 12). [Audio Podcast] Available at

Recent Publications

Street-based Sex Work and Prostitution Diversion Programs

Gesser, N. & Shdaimah, C.S. (under review) ‘”[You should] Utilize the people there…but it takes a willingness too”: How women manage the prostitution exiting process over time.    

Leon, C. & Shdaimah, C. (under review). Coercion, change and targeted sympathy in “whore court”: Criminal justice actors' perceptions of prostitution diversion programs.    

Shdaimah, C. (2020). Prostitution diversion programs. In Bernat, F.P. & Frailing, K. (Eds.), Women and Crime Encyclopedia, 3 volumes. Hoboken, NY: John Wiley & Sons Inc. Available at     

Leon, C. S., & Shdaimah, C.S. (2019). “We’ll take the tough ones” -- expertise in multi-door justice: A case study of prostitution diversion. New Criminal Law Review, 22(4), 542-584.    

Leon, C. & Shdaimah, C. (in press). Healthy conversations about sex work, prostitution and trafficking-- in the classroom and beyond. In O'Toole, L. & Shiffman, J. (Eds.) Gender Violence: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, (3rd ed.) New York: New York University Press.    

Shdaimah, C.S., & Leon, C. (2018). Whose knowledges?: Moving away from damage-centered research in studies with women in street-based sex work. Criminological Encounters 1(1) doi:10.26395/CE18010103.    

Shdaimah, C.S. (2018). Prostitution/human trafficking courts: Policy frontline as fault line. Texas Law Review- Online Edition, 96, 14-22. Available at

Hail-Jares, K., Shdaimah, C., & Leon, S. (Eds.) (2017). Challenging perspectives on street-based sex work. Philadelphia: Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Leon, C. & Shdaimah, C. (2017). The portrayal of street-based sex work in Very Young Girls. In Challenging Perspectives on Street-based Work, K. Hail-Jares, C. Shdaimah, & C.  Leon (Eds.), Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Shdaimah, C., & Wiechelt, S. (2017). Eliciting Street-Based Sex Worker Perspectives to Inform Prostitution Policy Development. Journal of Policy Practice, 16 (4), 351-368

Shdaimah, C. & Leon, C. (2016). Counter-narratives as stigma management: Relationships of care and caution among women engaged in street level prostitution. Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 71, 43-62.

Corrigan, R. & Shdaimah, C. (2016). People with secrets: Contesting, constructing, and resisting women’s claims about sexualized victimization. Catholic University Law Review 65(3), 429-487.

Bailey-Kloch, M., Shdaimah, C., & Osteen, P.  (2015). Finding the right fit: Disparities between cisgender and transgender women arrested for prostitution in Baltimore. Journal of Forensic Social Work 5(1/3), 82-97.  

Shdaimah, C. & Leon, C. (2015). “First and foremost they’re survivors:” Selective manipulation, resilience and assertion among prostitute women. Feminist Criminology, 10 (4), 326-347.

Wiechelt, S.A. & Shdaimah, C.S. (2015). Condoms and cupcakes: Fostering autonomy through relationships of care with women in prostitution. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 26, 166-185.

Shdaimah, C.S. (2015). Connecting and disconnecting: Losses from leaving street-based sex work. In Loss and grief across the life span,( 2nd ed.) (pp. 241-245.). C. Walters & J.L.M. McCoyd (Eds.). Springer Publishing Company

Shdaimah, C.S. & Bailey-Kloch, M. (2014). “Can you help me with that instead of putting me in jail?” Participant perspectives on Baltimore City's Specialized Prostitution Diversion Program. Justice Systems Journal 35(3), 287-300.

Shdaimah, C.S., Kaufman, B.R., Bright, C.L, & Flower, S.M. (2014). Neighborhood assessment of prostitution as a pressing social problem and appropriate responses: Results from a community survey. Criminal Justice Policy Review. 25(3), 275-297

Shdaimah, C.S. & Wiechelt, S.A., (2012). Crime and compassion: Women in prostitution at the intersection of criminality and victimization. International Review of Victimology, 19(1), 23-35.

Leon, C. & Shdaimah, C.S. (2012). JUSTifying Scrutiny: State power in prostitution diversion programs. Journal of Poverty, 16, 250-273.

Shdaimah, C.S. & Wiechelt, S.A., (2012) Converging on empathy: Perspectives on Baltimore City’s Specialized Prostitution Diversion Program. Women and Criminal Justice 22 (2), 156-173.

Wiechelt, S. A., & Shdaimah, C.S. (2011). Trauma and substance abuse among women in prostitution: Implications for a specialized diversion program. Journal of Forensic Social Work.1, 159-184.

Shdaimah, C. (2010). Taking a Stand in a Not-So-Perfect World: What's a Critical Supporter of Problem-Solving Courts to Do? University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, 10(1).

Child Care Policy

Shdaimah, C.S. & Palley, E. (2012). Baby steps or big steps?: Elite advocate perspectives on US childcare advocacy. Journal of Policy Practice, 11(3), 158-177.

Palley, E. & Shdaimah, C.S. (2014). In Our Hands: The Struggle for US Child Care Policy. New York: New York University Press.

Dependency Court Reform and Child Welfare Case Processing

Bryant, V., Shdaimah, C., Sander, R., & Cornelius, L. (2013). School as haven: Transforming school environments into welcoming learning communities. Children & Youth Services Review

Shdaimah, C. & Summers, A. (2014). Families in waiting: Adult stakeholder perceptions of family court. Children and Youth Services Review 44, 114-119.

Shdaimah, C.S. & Summers, A. (2013). "One family, one judge practice effects on children: Permanency outcomes upon case closure and beyond. Journal of Juvenile Justice 2(2), 37-45.

Shdaimah, C.S., & Summers, A. (2013). Baltimore City’s Model Court: professional stakeholders’ experiences with the Baltimore City’s one master, one family docketing, Family Court Journal, 51(2), 286-297.

Summers, A., & C.S. (2013). Improving juvenile dependency case timeliness through use of the one family, one judge model. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 64(1), 35-44

Summers, A., & C.S. (2013). One family, one judge, no continuances. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 64(1), 23-44

Shdaimah, C., Bryant, V., Sander, R. L. and Cornelius, L. J. (2011), Knocking on the door: Juvenile and family courts as a forum for facilitating school attendance and decreasing truancy. Juvenile and Family Court Journal, 62(4), 1-18

Shdaimah, C.S., (2010) “The law cannot terminate bloodlines”: Families and child welfare decisions. Children and Youth Services Review 32, 704-710

Shdaimah, C.S. (2009) Rescuing children and punishing poor families: Decision-making about housing (in) adequacy among child welfare professionals. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 36 (3), 33-57.

Shdaimah, C.S., (2008) Of pots of gold and pots of glue: Society's maltreatment of America's poorest children and their families. Journal of Progressive Human Services 19(2), 92-111.

Shdaimah, C. (2008) "CPS is not a housing agency"; Housing is a CPS problem: Towards a definition and typology of housing problems in child welfare cases, Children and Youth Services Review 31, 211-218.


Cause Lawyering and Legal Practice

Greeno, E., Shdaimah, C.S., Cornelius, L.J. (2014). Meeting the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders: An evaluation of a Judicare pilot. Journal of Policy Practice 13(2), 65-84.

Hisle, B., Shdaimah, C.S., Finegar, N. (2012). Neighborhood Defenders Program: An evaluation of Maryland’s holistic representation program. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 2, 122-40.

Shdaimah, C.S. (2008) “Not what they expected: Legal services lawyers in the eyes of legal services clients,” in The Cultural Lives of Cause Lawyers, Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold, (Eds.) Cambridge University Press.

Intersecting identities: Cause Lawyers as Legal Professionals and Social Movement Actors” (2006) in Cause Lawyers Lawyers and Social Movements, Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold, eds. (Stanford University Press).

“Dilemmas of ‘Progressive’ Lawyering: Empowerment and Hierarchy,” (2005) in Cause Lawyering: The Worlds Cause Lawyers Make, Austin Sarat and Stuart Scheingold, eds. (Stanford University Press).

Shdaimah, C.S. (2009) Negotiating justice: Public interest lawyering, low-income clients, and the pursuit of social justice, New York University Press.

Research Ethics and Teaching

Strier, R., Feldman, G., & Shdaimah, C.S. (2012). The construction of social class in social work education: A study of introductory textbooks. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32 (4), 406-420. doi:10.1080/08841233.2012.667753

Burry, C.L., Shdaimah, C.S., Richardson, L., & Rice, K. (2011). Child welfare in the court: A collaboration between social work and law faculty to prepare social work students for work with the courts. Journal of Public Child Welfare 5(4), 1-19.

Shdaimah, C. (2010). Taking a Stand in a Not-So-Perfect World: What's a Critical Supporter of Problem-Solving Courts to Do? University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, 10(1).

McCoyd, J.L.M. & Shdaimah, C.S. (2007) “Revisiting the benefits debate: Does qualitative social work research produce salubrious effects?” Social Work 52(4)340-349.

"Collaboration Between Community Advocates and Academic Researchers: Scientific Advocacy or Political Research?" Roland Stahl and Corey Shdaimah, British Journal of Social Work 2007; 38(8) 1610-1629

With Roland Stahl, “Reflections on Doing Phronetic Research: A Case Study,” (2006) in Debating Flyvbjerg: Making Political Science Matter, Brian Caterino and Sanford F. Schram, eds. (New York University Press).

Shdaimah, Corey S., Stahl, Roland W., Schram, Stanford F. Change Research: A Case Study on Collaborative Methods for Social Workers and Advocates. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. Order information at: