Raymond Albert received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his JD and MSW from the University of Connecticut, where he was the first dual-degree graduate, and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. A Professor and Director of the Law and Social Policy (LSP) Program, which he has directed since 1988, he also served as Co-Dean from 2002 – 2008. He teaches LSP courses as well as courses in Multiculturalism/Diversity and in community practice in the MSS program. He was instrumental in the creation of the School’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) and the innovative Certificate Program in Conflict Resolution. Professor Albert’s books, Law and Social Work Practice: A Legal Systems Approach and Social Welfare: Narratives of Hard Times, and related articles on the legal dimensions of social services reflect his longstanding focus on sociolegal problems and on making sense of the social work and law connection. His current work focuses on working class Black males, on an ethnography that examines the nature and consequences of group position and ethnic conflict in an urban area, and on the legal regulation of race. Chief among his community service has been his role as a longstanding Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center for Responsible Funding, an innovative agency in Philadelphia that works to expand the funding base of organizations working for social and economic justice, and as a co-founder and former President of the Board of Directors of the Good Shepherd Mediation Program.
Research and Scholarly Interests: The legal regulation of race; working-class Black males; ethnographic methods applied to urban racial/ethnic relations.
Substantive Specialization: Law, social policy and social services; conflict resolution and mediation; the intersection of law and racial hierarchies, particularly within American context; social and economic development of community.