Laura Abrams, professor of social welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

The academy honors scholars who excel in social work and social welfare, changing lives through research, advocacy and education. It is also the sponsoring organization for the Social Work Grand Challenges, an initiative to use science to champion social progress and aims to influence policy by serving as a source of information for the social work profession.

Fellows are elected through confidential nomination and confirmation by a supermajority of academy members. The academy currently recognizes 140 fellows, with Abrams being the first woman from UCLA to be inducted.

Abrams is co-author of two ethnographic books, including Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C” and “Everyday Desistance: The Transition to Adulthood Among Formerly Incarcerated Youth.” She also serves on the editorial boards of Social Service Review, Qualitative Social Work and the International Journal of Social Welfare.

Click here to read the full announcement on the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs website.