Michael Sherraden

George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor; Director of the Center for Social Development

Michael Sherraden is the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor and founding director of the Center for Social Development at the Brown School of Social Work. With colleagues at CSD and many partners, Sherraden creates and tests innovations to improve social and economic well-being. He has defined and informed a growing body of applied research and policy to promote inclusion in asset building. This work has influenced asset-based policies and programs in the U.S. and many other countries. His research results have also informed inclusive and progressive child development accounts (CDAs) in St. Louis, other U.S. cities and states, and internationally. In addition, Sherraden’s research on the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s contributed to the creation of AmeriCorps. Sherraden serves on the board, and is a co-director of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s national initiative Grand Challenges for Social Work. Among other awards, he has been a Fulbright Scholar and listed by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.