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Justin Harty is an assistant professor at Arizona State University School of Social Work. He obtained his PhD from the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice in 2022. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and philosophy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. He received his master’s of social work, with a concentration in children and families, from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. After earning a master’s degree, Harty worked for three years as a foster care worker in Chicago. He is a licensed clinical social worker serving child welfare and foster care involved fathers. Harty’s research interests include the outcomes and preparedness of young fathers aging out of the foster care system, father engagement in child welfare services, and father-related social services in the history of the social work profession. His current research examines ways to better serve fathers in home visiting, child welfare and foster care settings. He is currently conducting his dissertation research on the experiences and needs of young Black fathers in foster care as they leave state care and transition to independent adulthood and early fatherhood. Fundamental to Harty's social justice work is his commitment to dismantling racism and colonialism within the social work profession. He mobilizes social change by using Black social work history to directly address white supremacy, racism and colonialism while leveraging long-standing African traditions of self-help and mutual aid to help social workers and Black communities continue the resistance against oppression and inequality.

Institution Type 
4 or 4+ year College/University
Education / Degrees 
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Social Work and Social Welfare
University of Illinois Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work
Social Work
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
William Rainey Harper College
General Studies
Institutional Affiliations 
InstitutionDepartmentTitleWebsitesCurrent Appointment
School of Social Work
Assistant Professor