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Madison Foster
The History of Social Work

Madison Foster came to the school as an assistant professor, having received a B.A. degree from Morehouse College, an M.S.W. from Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College.

His dissertation at Bryn Mawr was entitled "Societal in Paradigms and Social Policy Theories: An Analysis of Urban Black Disruption Explanations, 1960-1970." His teaching areas included Black self-evaluation, Blacks and social policy, and social insurance in Western Europe. Illustrative publications while at Michigan include "Black Organizing: The Need for a Conceptual Model of the Ghetto" in Catalyst, "Minority Populations and Mental Health Manpower Development" (with L. Ferman), and "Black Blues and Black Revolutionary Workers" (with J. Erlich) in Changes (1971).

He was honored as "Emergent Black Scholar" in 1975 by the Black Sociologists of the American Sociological Association. Foster left the school in 1984 to take a faculty position at Atlanta University.