Shirley Gatenio Gabel

Shirley Gatenio Gabel Headshot

Professor and Mary Ann Quaranta Chair for Social Justice for Children
Phone: 212-636-6659
Email: [email protected]
Office: Lincoln Center 717C

  • BA, Bryn Mawr College

    MS, MPh, PhD, Columbia University

  • Human rights

    Comparative social policy

    Policies affecting children and families

    Social Work Education

    International social work and social work education


  • Dr. Shirley Gatenio Gabel is a Professor and holds the Quaranta Chair for Justice for Children at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. Dr. Gatenio Gabel’s research focuses on human rights and social policies, particularly those affecting children and families. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Gatenio Gabel worked on children’s issues as a caseworker, policy and legislative analyst, lobbyist, and community organizer in both public and private organizations. She has served as a consultant to UNICEF, UNESCO, and UN member countries on child poverty and advocacy strategies, and social protection in developing countries. She represents the International Association of Schools of Social Work at the United Nations. Her work with the United Nations made her aware of the importance of human rights in social work education. Dr. Gatenio Gabel chairs CSWE Commission on Educational Policy and a member of CSWE’s Board of Directors and its Kendall Advisory Committee. She edited a book series on rights-based approaches to social work practice, authored A Rights-Based Approach to Social Policy, and is the co-founder/co-editor of the Journal on Human Rights and Social Work. Her newest book, A Human Rights-based Approach to Justice in Social Work, will be published by Oxford in 2023.

  • Gatenio Gabel, S., (2023). A Human Rights-Based Approach to Justice in Social Work Practice, Oxford University Press.

    Gatenio Gabel, S. & Yang, N. (2022).  Transnational advocacy at the United Nations for Social Workers, Journal of Human Rights & Social Work, 7(4):417-427. doi: 10.1007/s41134-022-00216-1..

    Gatenio Gabel, S., Mapp, S., Androff, D. & McPherson, J. (2022). Looking back to move us forward: Social workers as human rights professionals delivering justice, Advances in Social Work, 22(2), 416-435. DOI: 10.18060/24971

    Mapp, S. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2022).  Moving social work from international social work to global social work through aligning SDG principles and social work education standards, Social Work Education: The International Journal41(7): 1412-1426, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2022.2089647

    Gatenio Gabel, S. & Mapp, S. (2019). Teaching human rights and social justice in social work education, Journal of Social Work Education, 56(3): 428-441.

    Mapp, S., McPherson, J., Androff, D. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2019). Social Work is a Human Rights Profession, Social Work, 64(3): 259-269.

    Mapp, S. & Gatenio Gabel, S. (2019). Educating Students on International Social Work Issues in U.S. Social Work Programs: How is it done?, Journal of Social Work Education, 55(2): 238-250.

    Gatenio Gabel, S., Han, W.J. & Wang, X. (2019).  Evolving Parental Leave Policies in China, in A. Koslowski, A-Z Duvander & P. Moss (Editors) Parental leave and beyond: recent international developments, current issues and future directions.  Policy Press.

    Gatenio Gabel, S. & Wang, Y. (2017).  Measuring multidimensional child well-being In China, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14, 1349: 1-16.

  • Doctoral Foundation Seminar – SWGS 7950

    Integrating Human Rights and Justice in Social Work Practice – SWGS 6040

    Contemporary Social Policy – SWGS 6005

    Comparative Social Policy – SWGS 6705