E-mail: mcr24@columbia.edu

Markus Redding teaches a variety of courses at Columbia University including Advocacy, Contemporary Social Issues, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work and Law, Legal Foundations and Conflict Resolution/Mediation. He has lectured at a variety of institutions on various topics including therapeutic jurisprudence, alternative dispute resolution, “gendercide”, homelessness, problem-solving courts and the critical role of social workers in the judicial system.

He has worked as a government and public interest attorney/social worker combining his social policy and legal skills. He has served as a NYS Attorney for the New York State Deputy Chief Administrative Judge and was a Criminal Court Attorney for the NYC Criminal Court Administrative Judge where he concentrated on the design and development of specialized court parts including community, drug, mental health and domestic violence courts. He was appointed the first Domestic Violence Coordinator for the NYC Criminal Court and designed and developed the first domestic violence court.  He continues to work in collaboration with the NYS Courts to increase the role of social workers and social work interns in the court system.

He has also worked with adults, families and children for over 20 years in a variety of clinical and administrative settings in the areas of mental health, criminal justice, grief and loss, domestic violence, substance abuse prevention and homelessness. He served as the Director of the Height- Ashbury Homeless Family Shelter in San Francisco and was a co-investigator for Columbia University on a longitudinal research study examining the effects of 9/11 on FDNY families who lost a spouse/parent firefighter in the World Trade Center.

His primary areas of research and study include:

  • Homelessness;
  • Criminal justice & Prison system;
  • Social justice and advocacy;
  • Civil and human rights;
  • Non-violence and conflict resolution;
  • “Gendercide” & Infanticide;
  • Domestic Violence;
  • Problem-solving courts & Therapeutic jurisprudence;
  • Role of social workers in the judicial system.

Current research and advocacy projects include:

  • Effects and causes of infanticide/”gendercide”: International human rights law, advocacy and awareness building, and the role of the international community in the “gendercidal” process
  • The interface between social workers and the judicial system, and the influence of therapeutic jurisprudence on the practice of social work
  • Establishing a practice theory of non-violence communication
  • Building awareness about the plight of homeless children and youth

He is actively involved in a variety of international advocacy projects including the Sustainable Village Project, to promote health and social justice in Ghana and collaborates with international leaders to build awareness about female “gendercide” and infanticide.  He has also worked on several policy research initiatives relating to homelessness, domestic violence and alternative dispute resolution.

His educational background includes an M.S.W. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Loyola University Law School.  In addition, he has earned academic credentials in international and comparative law from Moscow State University School of Law and Eötvös Loránd University College of Law in Budapest, Hungary. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and fellowships.

He has served on numerous Committees and Boards including the NYC Mayors Task Force on Domestic Violence; Citywide Violence Advisory Committee; NYPD Domestic Violence Prevention Committee; NYC Dept. of Corrections Task Force on Family Violence; NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project; HEAR US – Homeless Children Advisory Board and is on the Editorial Board for the Open to Hope Foundation.