Benjamin Shepard
Benjamin Shepard, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Human Service at New York City College of Technology/City University of New York. He received his Masters at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, his PhD at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and his training in psychoanalysis from the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology in their Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program. As a social worker, he worked in AIDS housing settings from San Francisco to Chicago to New York, where he directed the start-ups for two congregate housing programs for people with HIV/AIDS, as well as served as Deputy Director at CitiWide Harm Reduction. Recent works include Play, Creativity, and the New Community Organizing (Routledge, 2011), Queer Political Performance and Protest (Routledge, 2009), The Beach Beneath the Streets: Exclusion, Control, and Play in Public Space (cowritten with Greg Smithsimon; SUNY Press, 2011), and Community Projects as Social Activism (Sage). In 2010, he was named to the Playboy Honor Roll as one of twenty professors “who are reinventing the classroom.”
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