Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York



Dr. Shirley Gatenio Gabel is an Assistant Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. She received her Ph.D, M.Phil. and MSW from Columbia University and her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.

Dr. Gatenio Gabel is a long-time advocate for children. Her diverse experiences include directing public policy analyses for government and not-for profits, lobbying, and organizing community efforts. Dr. Gatenio Gabel helped create and managed the internet-based Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child and Family Policies at Columbia University (www.

She teaches social welfare policy, international comparative social welfare policy and social policy analysis and advocacy for children and family in the masters’ program at GSSS. She also has developed and teaches a doctoral seminar in policy analysis.

Dr. Gatenio Gabel was appointed to the Council on Global Learning, Research, and Practice, CSWE Commission on Global Social Work Education. The charge of this Council is to further opportunities for the development and exchange of social work education, research and practice internationally.

Her primary research area is comparative child and family policies in both industrialized and developing countries. Dr. Gabel was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria where she taught research and policy courses, and researched the effectiveness of social policies in Bulgaria in reducing the social exclusion of Roma children. Her current research includes an analysis of the new social risks for children globally and emerging policy responses.

Dr. Gatenio Gabel is the primary investigator for a grant from the Westchester Community Foundation to conduct a assessment of the unmet social and economic needs of women and girls in Westchester County.

Contact Information: (212) 636-6659 /


Peer-reviewed Journal Publications:

Gatenio Gabel, S. & Kamerman, S.B. (in press). A global review of new risks and new responses for children and their families. Asian Social Work and Policy Review, 3(1).

Gatenio Gabel, S. (2009). The great divide: The marginalization of young Roma children in Bulgaria. International Journal of Social Welfare. (Published online March 2008).

Kamerman, S. B. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2007). Social protection for children in low and middle–income countries in Asia. Malaysian Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 1, July.

Kamerman, S. B. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2007). Early childhood education and care in the United States: An overview of the current policy picture. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 1(1), November.

Gatenio Gabel, S. & Kamerman, S.B. (June 2006). Investing in children: Public commitment in 21 industrialized countries, Social Services Review, 80 (3), 239-266.

Books and Book Chapters:

Gatenio Gabel, S. & Kamerman, S.B. (in press). Effective policy writing for diverse Audiences. In B. Simon & W. Green (Eds.) Columbia University guide to socialwork writing in the 21st century, Columbia University Press.

Meyers, M. & Gatenio, S. (in press). Child care in the New York welfare state. In I. Garfinkel & M. Meyers (Eds.) The welfare state of New York City. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

Kamerman, S. B. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2007). Social protection for children and their families: A global overview. In A. Minujin, (Ed.) Social protection initiatives for children, women, and families: An analysis of recent experiences (pp. 91-127). The New School for Social Research and UNICEF.

Kamerman, S.B. & Gatenio, S. (2003). Overview of current policy context. In D. Cryer & R. Clifford (Eds.) Early childhood education and care in the United States. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.

Gatenio, S., Kahn, A.J., & Kamerman, S.B. (2002). Profile of child and family benefits in the United States. In J. Bradshaw & N. Finch (Eds.) A comparison of child benefit packages in 22 countries (pp. ). UK: Department for Work and Pensions.

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