Alan Dettlaff


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.

Articles by Alan Dettlaff