A former dean of the University of Houston Graduate College was let go after coming out as an advocate for reforming the police and foster care systems.
Alan Dettlaff is Mexican American, an abolitionist, and a professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where he also served as Dean through 2022. Alan began his career as a social worker in the family policing system, where he worked as a caseworker and administrator. He is author of the forthcoming book, Racist Intents: American Child Welfare in the Afterlife of Slavery and the Case for Abolition, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2023. He is also co-founding editor of Abolitionist Perspectives in Social Work, a peer-reviewed scholarly journal dedicated to developing and disseminating an abolitionist praxis in social work. You can reach him on Twitter at @AlanDettlaff.