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Michael A. Dover, Ph.D. is a social worker and sociologist. He received his B.S.W. from Adelphi University's ANSWER program in 1978. After earning his MSSW at Columbia in 1980, he spent over 10 years as an advanced generalist practitioner of occupational social work, directing several union-based member assistance programs in New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia. Beginning in 1991, during his 12-year residency in the Doctoral Program in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan, he was an NIA Pre-Doctoral Fellow and completed a dissertation on the history of the property tax exemption in Ohio's urban areas. He has published a typology of three sources of injustice: oppression, dehumanization and exploitation. He was primary author of the first entry on human needs in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, is author of the 2015 entry on the same topic. He authored the 2010 and 2015 entries on human needs in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work. He has directed the BSW Program at Central Michigan University and since 2007 has served on the full-time faculty at Cleveland State University School of Social Work. He was co-convener of the Bertha Capen Reynolds Society (now Social Welfare Action Alliance) in 1985, and founder of the Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare in 2011. Long a contributor to Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping (, he has served as editor since 2012.

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