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Professor of Social Work, New York University

Dr. Jeane Anastas is Past President, National Association of Social Workers
Dr. Anastas teaches courses in the MSW and PhD programs on social welfare policy, teaching and learning in social work, and philosophy of knowledge. She is currently serving as the president of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She previously served on numerous national committees and boards in social work and social work education, including chairing the ANSWER Coalition working on the Dorothy A. Height/Whitney M. Young Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act and other legislation to advance social work education and research. In 2007, Dr. Anastas received the Council on Social Work Education's award for the Greatest Recent Contribution to Social Work Education; in 2011 she received the Distinguished Teaching Medal at New York University; and in 2012 she received the Feminist Scholar Award from CSWE’s Women’s Council. Her book, Teaching in Social Work: Theory and Practice for Educators, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010, and her book on Doctoral Education in Social Work was published by Oxford University Press in January 2012.

Active in NASW since 1986, past national NASW leadership experience includes chairing NCNLI and NCOWI and the Advisory Committee to NASW's Center for Workforce Studies. She has also served on the national boards and executive committees of IASWR, the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), and as chair of GADE (Group to Advance Doctoral Education). Past president of the Massachusetts Chapter from 1989-1991, she was the chapter's Social Worker of the Year in 1995. She was also a visiting scholar at CSWE in 2006-07, and was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Health Care in 2007. As NASW president, she serves on the Steering Committee of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).

Dr. Anastas publishes widely in the areas of women's issues, GLBT rights, mental health, social work education, practice research, and research ethics. Her current research involves promoting secure attachment relationships between teen mothers in the foster care system and their infants.


  • –present
    Professor of Social Work, New York University


  • 1983 
    Heller School, Brandeis University, Ph.D., Social Welfare Policy and Research