June 22, 2021 at 9:08 a.m.

Welcoming Dr. Rob Eschmann to Columbia

Dear CSSW Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Rob Eschmann will join our faculty on July 1, 2021, as a tenure-track Associate Professor of Social Work.

Dr. Eschmann is an outstanding scholar of race and education. He received both his Master’s degree and his PhD in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He is currently on faculty at the Boston University School of Social Work, where he also serves as Assistant Director of Research at BU’s Center for Antiracist Research. He is the second hire in a cluster of new social work faculty engaged in scholarship centered on the well-being of Black Americans, an effort for which CSSW has received invaluable support from the Office of the Provost.

Dr. Eschmann’s latest research seeks to explore and describe systematically the way online communication has changed society’s expressions of racism, the effects of these online expressions of racism on communities of color and society as a whole, and efforts to mobilize resistance to racism at both the individual and structural levels. Dr. Eschmann is the author of a forthcoming book, When the Hood Comes Off: Racism and Resistance in the Digital Age.

I’d like to express my deepest gratitude to the faculty search committee for their excellent work in identifying and recruiting such exceptional candidates this year. Please join me in thanking Professors Craig Schwalbe (Chair), Carmela Alcántara, Louisa Gilbert, Jinyu Liu, Julien Teitler (ex officio), Jane Waldfogel, and Samantha Winter for their time and wisdom.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Dr. Eschmann to the CSSW community!