Benjamin Heim Shepard
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Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Center, in Social Welfare (2006)
William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology
New York, NY. Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program (IPPP) (2005)
A.M. at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, in Social Work, with a concentration in Administration and Organizing (1997)
Bachelor of Science at Pitzer College, Claremont, California (1992)
Throughout my years in college just outside of Los Angeles, everyone said do not go to South Central. It's too dangerous. Yet, the weekend we were to graduate, there was a riot there after the Rodney King verdict. As I watched flames pour into the sky above downtown, I wondered why we allow our cities to suffer with so much inequality and neglect. Why is it that it takes a riot to get people to pay attention? I realized that day, I wanted to do more than watch the flames. By recognizing the needs of people in their environment, social work considers a wide range of areas for social intervention, from direct services to direct action. Social workers do not just study poverty; we aim to do help do something about it. From housing to AIDS activism, the Settlement to the Anti-Apartheid movements there is a long tradition of social workers participating a wide range of movements which bridge the gap from individual to community needs. Much of the process begins with a healthy home and a meal. Social work and human services are about helping create healthy communities. This is my life's work.
My research interests are in five overlapping areas: social movements, community organizing, sexual politics, labor, and social work practice.
These research interests are reflected in six books, numerous book chapters, articles, and book reviews on the intersections of urban studies, gender studies, queer theory, social movements, struggles between direct service and community mobilization, and the dilemmas of anti-poverty work in a post-welfare neoliberal city.
Shepard, B. (2009). Queer Political Performance and Protest: Play, Pleasure, and Social Movement. New York: Routledge.
Shepard, B and Smithsimon, G. (2011). The Beach beneath the Streets: New York's Contested Public Spaces. New York. Under contract with SUNY Press.
Shepard, B. (TBA). Community Practice as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services and Back again. Under contract with Sage.
Shepard, B. (2011). Play, Creativity, and Social Movements: If I Can't Dance Its Not My Revolution. Routledge.
Shepard, B and Hayduck, R. (Eds.) (2002). Eds. From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community Building in the Era of Globalization New York: Verso Press.
Shepard, B. (1997). White Nights and Ascending Shadows: An Oral History of the San Francisco AIDS Epidemic. London: Cassell Press.
Shepard, B. (2010). Responding to Harvey: It Is All About Organizing.
Shepard, B. (2010, August). It's All About Organizing.
Humanity and Society. 34(3)
Shepard, B. (2010). Bridging the Divide between Queer Theory and Anarchism. Sexualities.
Shepard, B. (2010). Reviving the Tribe: Friendship and Social Relations in the Work and Play of Eric Rofes. Theory and Action.
Shepard, B. (2010). Lessons for Multi-Issue Organizing: From the Women's Movement to Struggles for Global Justice. Social Justice in Context 5(1):36-55.
Shepard, B. (2009). Four Narratives of Anti-Poverty Community Mobilization: Lower East Side Collective, Housing Works, the New York City AIDS Housing Network Human Rights Watch, and the More Gardens! Coalition. Humanity and Society: Journal of the Association of Humanist Sociology. 33(4):317-340
Shepard, B.; Bogad, L.M.; Duncombe, S. (2008). Performing vs. the Insurmountable: Theatrics, Activism, and Social Movements. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. 4(3)
Shepard, B. (2008, Spring). On Challenging Authority: An Oral History Interview with Frances Fox Piven Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. 14(2):3-15
Shepard, B. (2008, Winter). Housing Works, Shelter Kills!: An Oral History of Housing Works. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. 14(1):4-14.
Shepard, Benjamin. (2007). From Connection to Separation (and back): Social Movements and Mayday. Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society. 10(3) 357-66.
Shepard, B. (2007). Harm Reduction Outreach Services and Engagement of Chemically Dependent Homeless People Living with HIV/AIDS: An analysis of service utilization data to evaluate program theory. Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine. 23 (1), 26-32.
Shepard, B. (2007). Moral Panic in the Welfare State Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare XXXIV (1), 155-172.
Shepard, B. (2006). Toward a Ludic Counter-public: Play, Creativity, and the New Street Activism. Drain - a journal of contemporary Art and Culture. Theme Play (6).
Shepard, B. (2005). Play, Creativity, and the New Community Organizing. Journal of Progressive Human Services (formerly the Catalyst), 16 (2), 47-69.
Shepard, B. (2005). The Use of Joy as a Community Organizing Strategy. Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, 30, 435-68.
Shepard, B., Heller, D. (2003). Integrating Medical Providers in Harm Reduction Outreach: An Analysis of Service Utilization Data to Evaluate Program Theory Journal of Urban Health 80 (supplement 2), ii 89-90.
Shepard, B. (2003). In Search of a Winning Script: Moral Panic vs. Institutional Denial Sexualities: A Journal of Culture and Society, 6, 54-9.
Shepard, B. (2002). 9/11, AIDS Activism and Reagan's Revenge.
Radical Society, 29(3), 26-9.
Shepard, B. (2010). Queer Politics and Anti-Capitalism: From Theory to Praxis. In S. Burkhard. Queering Paradigms. (Pp.81-100) Berlin: Peter Lang Publishing Group.
Shepard, B. (2010, in press) Play and World Making: From Gay Liberation to DIY Community Building. In Dan Berger. The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism Rutgers University Press.
Shepard, B. (2010, in press) Harm Reduction and Human Services. Best Practices in Human Services. Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE) Monograph.
Shepard, B. (2010, in press). DIY Politics and Queer Activism. In Team Colors Eds. (Craig Hughes, Stevie Peace, Kevin Van Meter). 2010. In the Middle of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United States. Oakland: AK Press.
Shepard, B. (2009). A Program Description Based on Program Theory: The CitiWide Harm Reduction Outreach Model. In M. Smith. Handbook of Program Evaluation New York: Oxford University Press.
Shepard, B. (2009). History, Narrative, and Sexual Identity: Gay Liberation and Post-War Movements for Sexual Freedom in the United States. In P. L. Hammack and B.J. Cohler. The Story of Sexual Identity: Narrative perspectives on the gay and lesbian life course. (pp.23-48) New York: Oxford University Press.
Shepard, B. (2009). Community Gardens, Convivial Spaces, and the Seeds of a Radical Democratic Counter-public. In A.Dawson, O. Dahbour, H. Gautney and N. Smith. Altered States: Politics after Democracy (Pp.273-96). New York: Routledge.
Shepard, B. (2009). ACT UP and Treatment Action Campaign. In I. Ness International Encyclopedia of Protest and Revolution: 1500 to Present. London: Blackwell. P. 8-10; 3312-3313.
Shepard, B. (2004/8). Sylvia and Sylvia's Children. In. M. B. Sycamore (Ed.) That's Revolting: Queer Alternatives to the Gay Mainstream (pp. 123-140). New expanded edition. Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press.
Shepard, B. and Duncombe, S. 2007. Mayan Technologies and the Theory of Electronic Civil Disobedience: An Interview with Ricardo Dominguez. In W. Bradley and C. Esche Art and Social Change: A Critical Reader. (Pp.319-332). London: Tate Publishing.
Shepard, B. (2007). Play, Creativity, and Social Movements. In G. Anderson and K. Herr (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Thousand Oaks California; Sage.
Shepard, B. (2007). Bridging the Praxis Divide: From Direct Action to Direct Service and Back Again. In S. Shukaitis and D. Graeber. (Eds.) Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization in the Global Justice Movement. (pp.189-208) Oakland: AK Press.
Shepard, B. (2007). Shifting Priorities in US AIDS Policy. In Paul G. Harris and Patricia Siplon (Eds.) The Politics and Policy of HIV/AIDS. Boulder Co: Lynn Rienner. p.171-202.
Shepard, B. (2006). Masturbation, Safer Sex, and Sex Panics. In George Ritzer (General Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Sociology (8 volumes). London: Blackwell.
Shepard, B. (2006). Not Quite Queer. In. M. B. Sycamore. Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. (Pp. 318-335) Emeryville, CA: Seal Press.
Shepard, B. (2006). Scapegoating Prositutues, Emma Goldman Biographical Entry. In M. Ditmore. (Ed.) The Historical Encyclopedia of Prostitution New York: Greenwood Press.
Highleyman, L, Shepard, B. (2004). Moral Reform Movements, Introduction, Moral Reform Movements in Postwar America, Prostitution Reform, Early Anti-Vice Campaigns, Anthony Comstock Biographical Entry, Prohibition and Repeal, Anti Drug Movement. In. I. Ness (Ed.) & L. Highleyman and B. Shepard. (Section Editors). Vol. 3, Section 7. (pp.843-880).
Encyclopedia of American Social Movements. New York: MA Sharpe.
Shepard, B. (2004). A Short, Personal History of the Global Justice Movement (from New York's community gardens, to Seattle's tear gas, Quebec's fences, the 9/11 backlash, and beyond): An interview with L.A. Kauffman. In E. Yuen, D. Burton-Rose and G. Katsiaficas (Eds.) Confronting Capitalism (pp.375-88). Brooklyn, NY: Soft Skull Press.
Shepard, B. (2003). The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power: a brief reconsideration. In J. Berg (Ed.) Left Political Movements Today and Tomorrow (pp. 133-58). New York: Roman and Littlefield.
Shepard, B. (2002) Community as a Source for Democratic Politics. In. R. Hayduk and K. Mattson (Eds.) Making Democracy Work: Reforming the American Political System for the 21st Century (pp.109-20). New York: Roman and Littlefield.
Shepard, B., Moore, K. (2002). Reclaiming the Streets of New York (for a world without cars). In C. Carlson (Ed.) Critical Mass: Bicycling's Defiant Celebration. (pp.195-202). Oakland, CA: AK Press.
Shepard, B., Duncombe, S. (2002). Electronic Disturbance: An Interview. In S. Duncombe.
Cultural Resistance: A Reader. (pp.379-96). New York: Verso Press.
Shepard, B. (1998). White Nights and Dark Days. In David Colbert (Ed.) Eyewitness to the American West: 500 Years of Firsthand History. New York: Penguin.
Shepard, B. (2010, October). Community Organizing as Social Activism. National Organization of Human Services Annual Conference. Portland, Maine. = Shepard, B. and Smithsimon, G. (2010, April). The Beach Beneath the Streets: Exclusion, Control, and Play in Public Space. British Sociological Association Meeting. Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.
Shepard, B. (2009, November). Bridging the Divide between Queer Theory and Activism. Association for Humanist Sociology Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.
Shepard, B. (2009, October). Cultural Resistance and Community Organizing. National Organization of Human Services Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon.
Shepard, B. (2009, May). US AIDS Prevention Policy and the Harm Reduction Movement Social Movements and HIV/AIDS: Protest, Power, and Policy. HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. NY NY.
Shepard, (2009, May). HIV, Harm Reduction and Aging. City Tech HIV Conference. CUNY/New York City College of Technology.
Shepard, (2009, May). Play, Creativity and Community Building. City Tech Research Conference. CUNY/New York City College of Technology.
Shepard, B (2009, April). Human Services and Community Organizing: An Integrated Model of Practice. Mid Atlantic Consortium of Human Services. 2009 Annual Meeting, Brookdale Community College.
Shepard (2009, February). Queer Politics, Play, and Anti-Capitalism. 1st International CCCU Queer Studies Conference Queering Paradigms. Canterbury Christ Church University, U.K.
Shepard, B. (2009, February). Money & the Movement: Grassroots Fundraising in Times of Economic Crisis. Panelist. Brecht Forum. New York City.
Shepard, B. (2008, November). Losing the Blue Sky: Brooklyn as World City. 2008 Association for Humanist Sociology Annual Meeting. Theme: What is to be Done? Public Sociology in Politics and Practice. Boston, MA.
Shepard, B. (2008, November). Public Space, Democracy, and Social Movements. A guest lecture for Geography 372: Social Movements, Collective Action & Urban Space, Department of Earth Science & Geography. Vassar College. Prof. Susan Blickstein.
Shepard, B. (2008, October). Harm Reduction and Human Services: Integrating Micro and Macro Models of Social Justice Advocacy. National Organization of Human Services Annual Conference. Taking the Toad Less Traveled: Affirming Dignity, Value, and Opportunity. Tuscon, Arizona.
Shepard, B. (2008, July). A Meditation on the Political Possibilities of Playing with Power 1968: Impact and Implications. British Sociological Association Theory Study Group Conference. University of London, London, England.
Shepard, B. (2008, April). Anti-Authoritarian Mutual Aid and Radical Social Work: From Direct Action to Direct Services. Panelist. New York City Anarchist Bookfair. NY, NY.
Shepard, B. (2008, April). EXPRESSION = LIFE: ACT UP, Video, and the AIDS crisis. Panelist. Deep Dish TV and the Community Learning Initiative of Gallatin School. Cantor Film Center. New York, NY.
Shepard, B. (2008, March). Remaking Brooklyn. City Tech Research Conference. CUNY/New York City College of Technology.
Shepard, B. (2008, February). A Humanist Turn in Anti-Poverty Community Mobilization And Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. New York, NY.
Shepard, B. (2007, November). The Case of the Bike Lane Liberation Clowns: Ludic Diversion or Tactical Innovation? Radical Dreams and Simulacra: The Happening and Social Movement Performance. PSi #13 at New York University. New York, NY.
Shepard, B. (2007). Resisting Political Repression. Panelist at Collective Behavior and Social Movements/American Sociological Association Meeting. Hofstra University, New York.
Shepard, B. (2007). Reviving the Tribe: Assessing the Work of Eric Rofes and the Struggle for a Queer Public. Panel Organizer. The 78th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. Oakland, Ca.
Shepard, B. (2007). Activism and Academia: Linking Campus to Community. Presenter/Panel Organizer. The 78th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. Oakland, Ca.
Shepard, B. (2006, November). What If Chicago Had Been an Orgy?: A Meditation on the Political Possibilities of Play in Social Movements. 1968: Global Resistance/Local Knowledge. Modern History and Literature Program Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.
Shepard, B. (2006, October). If I Can't Dance: Play, Creativity and Social Movements. The 24th Annual Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors ConferencePaper Presentation. Los Angeles, CA.
Shepard, B. (2006, May). New Spatial Scales of Democracy and Resistance. Another State Is Possible: Activism, Global Justice, and Radical Democracy. Panel 2-New Spatial Scales of Democracy and Resistance. Commentator Frances Fox Piven. Center for Place, Culture, and Politics City University of New York Graduate Center.
Shepard, B. (2006, April). Playing with Ideas: the Influence of Activism on Theory. Panelist Academics as Activists or Activists as Academics. The 77th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. Theme: Playing with Sociology: Pedagogy, Postmodernism and Pop Culture. Hollywood, CA.
Shepard, B. (2006, February). Bridging the Divide Between Prefigurative and Strategic Politics. Panelist at National Conference on Organized Resistance. Washington DC.
Shepard, B. (2004, November). Engaging Those on the Margins: From Settlements to the CitiWide Harm Reduction Model. Paper presented at the 5th National Harm Reduction Conference. Working Under Fire: Drug Users Health and Justice. New Orleans, LA.
Heller, D., & Shepard, B. (2004, June). From Contracts to Program-Based Organizational Structure - The CitiWide Harm Reduction Model. Paper presented at Fiscal Infrastructure and Technical Assistance/MHRA Annual Prevention Symposium. New York, NY.
Shepard, B. (2004, April). Fences and Piers: A Disappearing Queer Space in Manhattan. Paper presented at the 7th Annual New School for Social Research Sociology and Historical Studies Joint Conference History Matters: Spaces of Violence, Spaces of Memory Panel: "Sacred Space, Ritual, and Narratives of Resistance." New School for Social Research.
Shepard, B., & Heller, D. (2003, October). Integrating Medical Providers in Harm Reduction Outreach: An Analysis of Service Utilization Data to Evaluate Program Theory. Poster Presentation. The Second International Conference on Urban Health. New York, NY.
Social work and human services always face a tension between social control and respect for self determination. We all have to make decisions about where we fit into this continuum. Yet, this field is not for everyone. If you like stories and social struggles, this field could be for you. If you like listening and getting into the mix; if you are upset when the poor get the short end of things, then this is for you. More than "help" people, we are responsible to reflect on our cultural assumptions as we work to collaborate with those in need. If you get upset by injustice, this field is for you. Under, "The Human Service Professional's Responsibility to Clients," Statement 13 of the code of conduct states: "Human service professionals act as advocates in addressing unmet client and community needs." Most of all, you must enjoy working collaboratively with people, without judgment. "Human service professionals respect the integrity and welfare of the client at all times. Each client is treated with respect, acceptance and dignity," reads Statement One of the human services code of conduct. It is our job to live up to this ethical imperative. If you find such a prospect engaging, then this is the field for you.