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Waldo Johnson named to lead University of Chicago Center on Race, Politics and Culture

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Waldo Johnson

Waldo E. Johnson, Jr. Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and family research scholar, has been named Director of the Center for Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.

In his new position, he will lead a group of 33 faculty scholars in addition to undergraduate and graduate students studying the ways race and ethnicity interact with other primary identities such as gender, class, sexuality and nationality, necessitating the exploration of social and identity cleavages within racialized communities. In addition to helping support scholarship, the center sponsors and co-sponsors workshops, lectures, symposia, conferences and other activities with other campus units and in partnership with other institutions in the academy and the community.

Johnson’s research focuses on male involvement in adolescent pregnancy, paternal and family involvement among nonresident fathers in fragile families, and the physical and psychosocial health statuses of African-American males.

He is a research consultant to Strengthening Healthy Marriage a seven-year longitudinal research and evaluation study of strategies for enhancing couple relationships among low-income married parents in the United States.

Professor Johnson earned a B.A. degree at Mercer University and M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago respectively. He was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Poverty Research and Training Program and the Program for Research on Black Americans at the Institute for Social Research of the University of Michigan.

He is a consulting editor of Social Work: Journal of the National Association of Social Workers. He serves of the board of directors of the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) and chaired the 2003 conference. He also serves on the board of directors of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).

His other professional activities include serving on the board of directors of the African- American Family Research Institute and advisory board chair, Family and Health Services of the Chicago Urban League.
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