Mekada Graham-Gallegan, MSW, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Social Work
Mekada J. Graham is a British academic from London England. She has a PhD and MSW from University of Hertfordshire, a well known University situated on the outskirts of London. Dr. Graham’s scholarly works focuses on social work theory, child welfare, and oppression studies. She has published numerous scholarly articles, essays and book chapters, many of which appear in major academic journals, (British Journal of Social Work and the European Journal of Social Work). Dr. Graham is author of the book, Black Issues in Social Work and Social Care (2007), University of Bristol Press and she is co-editor of a new book, European Social Work, (in press, Routledge , London). Dr. Graham’s primary teaching areas are Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Clinical Interventions with children and families, Social work theory and she serves on the editorial board of major social work journals.
PhD - University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hertfordshire England
MSW - University of Hertfordshire
BA (Hons) - Middlesex University Enfield London, England
Single Authored Books
Graham, M. (2007) Black Issues in Social Work and Social Care, University of Bristol/Policy Press, UK.
Graham, M. (2002) Social Work and African-centred worldviews – a theoretical perspective, BASW Venture Press, Birmingham, UK.
Graham, M. and Williams, C. (2012) Social Work in Europe, London, Routledge.
ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS
Graham, M. (2011) Changing paradigms and conditions of childhood: implications for the social work and the social professions, British Journal of Social Work, Published Advanced Access, doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcr033. 4/6/2011.
Williams, C. and Graham, M. Guest Editors (2010) Editorial: Special Issue: ‘Race’/ethnic relations and social work: A Transnational Dialogue – European Journal of Social Work, 13, 2, 155-161.
Graham, M. and Schiele, J. (2010) Anti-discriminatory and equality of oppressions models in social work: reflections from the UK and USA, European Journal of Social Work, 13, 2, 231-244.
Graham, M. (2009) Reframing black perspectives – new directions?, Social Work Education – an international journal, 28, 3, 268-280.
Graham, M. (2007) Giving voice to black children: an analysis of social agency, British Journal of Social Work, 37, 8, pp. 1305-1317.
Graham, M. (2007) Ethics of care, black women and the social professions, Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare, 1, 2, pp. 194-206.
Graham, M. (2006)Knowledge representation in social work education: inclusion of marginalized perspectives, International Journal of the Humanities, 3,10, pp. 9-14.
Graham, M. and Bruce, E. (2006) ‘Seen and not heard’ – sociological approaches to childhood: black children, agency and implications for child welfare, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 34, 4, pp. 51- 67.
Graham, M. and Robinson G. (2004) The silent catastrophe : institutional Racism and the underachievement of black boys in the British Educational System, Journal of Black Studies, 34, 5, 653- 671.
Graham, M. (2004) Empowerment revisited – social work, resistance and agency in black communities, European Journal of Social Work, 7, 1, 43-56.
Graham, M. (2002) Creating spaces: exploring the role of cultural knowledge as source of empowerment in models of social welfare in black communities. British Journal of Social Work, 32, 35-49.
Graham, M. (2000) Honouring social work principles: exploring the connections between anti-racist social work and African-centred worldviews, Social Work Education, 9, 5, 423-436.
Graham, M, (1999) The African-centred worldview – developing a paradigm for social work, British Journal of Social Work, 29, 2, 251-267.
Book Chapters and Essays
Graham, M. (in press) Diverse childhoods in a postmodern age – challenges and possibilities for child welfare in the US, in Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges’, Palattiyil, G., Sidhva, D., Chakrabarti, M. (Eds), London, Routledge.
Graham, M. (in press) Social work futures – reflections from the UK on the demise of anti-racist social work and emerging issues in a ‘post race’ era, in The Melanin Millennium: Skin Color as the 21st Century International Discourse, Hall, R. (ed) New York, Springer publishers.
Graham, M. (in press) Social work education: a journey from London to California, in Cree, V. (ed) Becoming a Social Worker: Narratives from Around the World, London, Routledge
Graham, M. (2010) Expanding the philosophical base of social work, in Cree, V. (ed) Social Work, a Reader, London, Routledge.
Graham, M. (2009) O Servico social Afrocentrado Na Gra- Bretanha E Nos Estados Unidos, in Nascimento, E. (ed) Afrocentricidade: uma Antologia Basicas , Selo Negro Edicoes, University of Brazil.
Graham, M. (2006) The legacy of Malcolm X and empowering black communities in the UK, in Conyers J. (ed) Re-evaluating the Pan-Africanism of WEB Dubois and Marcus Garvey, Edwin Press, New York
Graham, M. (2006) Black studies and the social work paradigm: implications for a new analysis in Asante, M. and Karenga, M. (eds) Black Studies Handbook, Sage Publications.
Graham, M. (2005) Maat: An African Centered Paradigm for psychological and spiritual healing in Moodley, R. & West, W., (eds) Integrating Traditional and Cultural Healing Practices in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Sage Publications.
Graham, M. (2004) Afrocentric Social Work in Black Studies Encyclopaedia, Asante, M (ed) Sage Publications.
Graham, M. (2002) The ‘miseducation’ of black children in the British educational system – towards an African-centred orientation to knowledge in Majors R. (ed) (2001), Educating our Black Children, New Directions and Radical Approaches, London, Routledge/ Falmer Press.
Graham, M. (2002) Afrocentric social work – honouring social work values in Christian, M. (Ed), Black Identities in the 20th century, Hansib Publishing, London.
Current research projects and manuscripts in progress
Graham, M. Recent developments in paradigms of childhood and social work - interdisciplinary issues.
Graham, M. Black women, ethics of care and the social professions
Graham, M. Fatherhood in contemporary society :Young black men talking about being a ‘Dad’ – Qualitative research study in London England.
Sole authored Book: working title: Sociology of childhood for social workers Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
- Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare: International Advisory Board Member 2006 - present
- International Journal Social Work Education: International Advisory Board Member 2007 – present
- The Journal of Black Studies: Editorial Board Member 2001- present
- European Journal of Social Work: Editorial Reviewer 2001 - present
- Journal of Social Work: Editorial Reviewer 2003-present
- University of Bristol / Policy Press: Reviewer - 2010
Major Scholarly/ Professional International and National Presentations, Refereed and Published Conference Proceedings
Graham, M. ‘CRT, Intersectionality and issues of oppression - challenges and possibilities in a graduate social work program in Los Angeles, California’, Race and Social Work Symposium, University of Salford, Manchester, England 30th May 2012.
Sociology and Contemporary Global Social Activism Conference, St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London 15th June 2012.
The 7th Colloquium on Ethnic Relations at Docklands Campus, Royal Docks Business School, University of East London ‘Ethnicity Matters’, 5th July 2012
Graham, M. Diverse childhoods: intersectionality and lived experiences of difference, using narratives as social agency, International Conference, Celebrating Childhood Diversity, University of Sheffield 9-11 July 2012
Graham, M. Childhood studies and social work – moving in new directions? Representing Childhood and Youth International Conference, University of Sheffield, England July 2008.
Graham, M. Black perspectives: An integrated approach to ethics and values in social work and social care. Keynote speaker : Paper presented at Affirming our value base, Nottingham Trent University, England 2008.
Graham, M. Responding to diversity : Issues for the social professions. Paper presented at the European Social Ethics Project, Parma, Italy, March 2007.
Graham, M. Black women, ethics of care and the social professions. Paper presented at the Gender, Work and Organization conference, Keele University, England, June 2007.
Graham, M. Reframing black perspectives in social work education in an age of ‘diversity’: challenges and opportunities to promote social justice. Paper presented at the Joint Social Work and Research Conference, University of Wales, Swansea, July 2007.
Graham, M. & Berry, G. Responding to diversity: Issues for social work education in the UK. Paper presented at Council for Social Work Education conference, San Francisco, October 2007.
Graham, M. and Bruce, E. Social Agency – Black children and the implications for child welfare. Paper presented at Council for Social Work Education. February, 2006, Chicago.
Graham, M. Integrating cultural competence in mental health programs using cultural themes and products for recovery and well being. Paper presented at the Mental Health Summit, November 2nd - 3rd 2005, California.
Graham, M. Bringing subjugated knowledge forms into the academy. Paper presented at New Directions in the Humanities International Conference, 2-5th August, 2005, Cambridge, England.
Graham, M. Black communities - embracing Maat as a source of ethical theory building for social work. Paper presented at Research Colloquium: June, 2005, London Metropolitan University, London England.
Graham, M. Creating spaces – researching cultural resource knowledge as frameworks for social work, Paper presented at the Social Work Research Conference, Oxford Brookes, March 2001.
Graham, M. Social Welfare in black communities: organisations, groups and black churches as sites of cultural and social empowerment. July, 2000, Paper presented. Social Policy Association Annual Conference, University of Surrey, England.