Corey Shdaimah, CJAE Founder and Director
Corey Shdaimah is Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work and the Academic Coordinator of the MSW/JD and MSW/MPP Dual Degree Programs. Dr. Shdaimah’s research and writing focuses on how people respond, adapt to, and try to improve policies as they are implemented on the ground across a number of substantive areas. She has ongoing projects exploring dependency court reform and court-affiliated prostitution diversion program. Dr. Shdaimah relies on a variety of primarily qualitative methods to elicit the important insights that people have about improving the systems in which they work and interact. She is the author of many articles and several books, including The Compassionate Court: Support, Surveillance, and Survival in Two Court-Affiliated Prostitution Diversion Programs (under contract) with Shelly Wiechelt and Chrysanthi Leon (Temple University Press); Research Handbook on Law, Movements, and Social Change (forthcoming) with Steve Boutcher and Michael Yarbrough; Social Welfare Policy: A Dynamic Model (2020) with Shannon Lane and Elizabeth Palley; Challenging Perspectives on Street-Based Sex Work (2017) with Katie Hail-Jares and Chrysanthi Leon; In Our Hands: The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy (2014) with Elizabeth Palley; Change Research: Collaborative Research Methods for Social Workers and Advocates (2011) with Roland Stahl and Sanford Schram; and Negotiating Justice: Public Interest Lawyering, Low-Income Clients, and the Pursuit of Social Justice (2009).