Sheila B. Kamerman

Compton Foundation Centennial Professor Emerita of Social Work for the Prevention of Children’s and Youth Problems;
Co-Director, Institute for Child and Family Policy at Columbia University; Co-Director, Cross-National Studies Research Program

Sheila B. Kamerman is an active and prolific social policy practitioner and scholar. In addition to her research and scholarly writing, she serves on several Boards of Directors of child and policy-related organizations, including: Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants and Toddlers and their Families, Citizen’s Committee for the Children of New York; the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, and the National Partnership of Women and Families.

She is on the Advisory Board of several scholarly journals, including the Children and Youth Services Review, the Social Service Review and the International Social Security Review. She is a frequent lecturer on such topics as how America neglects its youngest children, family change and family policies internationally.

She consults with U.S. and international organizations regarding early childhood education and care,  parental leave policies, and child poverty.


  • Child and family policy
  • U.S. and comparative social policy
  • Comparative welfare states
  • International social welfare
  • Child and Family Social Services
  • Personal social services

Kamerman, S. B., Phipps, S., & Ben-Arieh, A. (forthcoming). From child welfare to child well-being. New York: Springer Publishing.

Kamerman, S. B., & Moss, P. (Eds).. (2009). The politics of parental leave policy. Bristol, England: Policy Press.

Kamerman, S. B. (2009). Families and family policies: Developing a holistic family policy agenda. Hong Kong Pediatrics Journal.

Kamerman, S. B., & Gatenio-Gabel, S. (2009). A global review of new social risks and responses for children and their families. Asian Social Work and Policy Review.

Kamerman, S. B., & Gatenio-Gaabel, S. (2007). Social protection for children in low and mediuim income countries in Asia. Malaysian Journal on Human Rights.

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.

Gatenio-Gabel, S., & Kamerman, S. B. (2006). Investing in children: Public commitment in twenty-one industrialized countries. Social Service Review.

Kamerman, S.B., et. al. (2003). Social policies, family types and child Outcomes in Selected OECD countries. Paris, France: OECD working paper.

Kamerman, S.B. (2002). Early childhood care and education and other family policies and programs in South-East Asia. UNESCO.


Kamerman, S. B. (2009, April). Expert Meeting on Family Policy. Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development and United Nation’s Program on the Family in the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD). Doha, Qatar.

Kamerman, S. B. (2008, September). Conditional cash transfers: Do they work? Presented at the International Sociological Association Research Conference. Stockholm, Sweden.

Kamerman, S. B. (2008, October). Parental Policy Research Network, Louvain, Belgium.

Kamerman, S. B. (2008, December) Families and family policies: Developing a holistic policy agenda.Presented at the Strengthening Hong Kong’s Families Conference, Hong Kong.

Kamerman, S. B. University Lecture. (1998, November). Does Global Retrenchment and Restructuring Doom the Child’s Cause?