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Barry N. Checkoway

Arthur Dunham Collegiate Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, and Professor of Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Barry N. Checkoway

Professor Barry Checkoway is an internationally-recognized scholar and practitioner on youth empowerment, neighborhood development, and community change. His projects and publications draw on work with grassroots groups, community agencies, and government programs in the South Bronx, Detroit, Mississippi Delta, central Appalachia; and in South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, with support from the World Health Organization, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation and other institutions.

He worked with the White House in 1990 to launch AmeriCorps, then served as founding director of the Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program, Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, Michigan Youth and Community Program, and Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity.

Research Interests/Focus

Community organization, community development, neighborhood development, community-based policy advocacy, participatory research, youth empowerment, evaluation


Year Degree   School
1977 PhD History University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1971 MA History University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
1969 BA Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


Youth Civil Rights Academy

Checkoway, B., Lipa, T., Vivyan, E., & Zurvalec, S. (2016). Engaging suburban students in dialogues on diversity in a segregated metropolitan area. Education and Urban Society, 28(2016), 1-15.

Checkoway, B., Aldana, A., & Richards-Schuster, K. (2016). Dialogic pedagogy for youth participatory action research: Facilitation of an Intergroup Empowerment Program. Journal of Social Work with Groups, 39(2016), 339-358.

Checkoway, B. (2013). Education for democracy by young people in community-based organizations. Youth and Society, 45, 389-403.

Checkoway, B. (2013). Strengthening the scholarship of engagement. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 17, 7-22.

Checkoway, B. (2013). Scholarship of civic-mindedness. In J. Reich (Ed.), Civic Engagement and Higher Education. Washington: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Checkoway, B. & Aldana, A. (2013). Four forms of youth civic engagement for diverse democracy. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 1884-1899.

Checkoway, B. (2013). Social justice approach to community development. Journal of Community Practice, 21, 472-482.

Aldana, A., Rowley, S., Checkoway, B., & Richards-Schuster, K. (2012). Raising ethnic-racial consciousness: The relationships between intergroup dialogues and adolescents' ethnic-racial identity and racism awareness. Equity and Excellence in Education, 45(1), 120-137.

Richards-Schuster, K., Checkoway, B., & Christian, B. (2012). Youth leadership in generation with promise. Report to Generation With Promise-Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Surgeon General. Ann Arbor: Michigan Youth and Community Program, University of Michigan.

Checkoway, B. (2011). Community development, social diversity, and the new metropolis. Community Development Journal, 46, 5-11.

Checkoway, B. (2011). Stepping forward for community health: Young people speak out on moving more, eating better, and creating change. Childhood Obesity, 7, 23-32.

Checkoway, B. (2011). What is youth participation? Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 340-345.

Checkoway, B., Guarasci, R., & Levine, P. (2011). Renewing the civic purpose of liberal education. In D. Harward (Ed.), Transforming Undergraduate Education: Theory That Compels and Practices That Succeed. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Checkoway, B., & Richards-Schuster, K. (2011). Youth participation in community research for racial justice. In P. Nyden (Ed.), Public Sociology: Research, Action, and Change. Newbury Park: Pine Forge Press.

Checkoway, B. (2011). New perspectives on civic engagement and psychosocial well-being. Liberal Education, 97, 6-11.

Checkoway, B. (2011). Education: Theory That Compels and Practices That Succeed. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Checkoway, B., Fisher, R., Maxwell, K. E., Nagda, B. A., & Thompson, M. C. (2011). Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation for Youth Empowerment and Community Change. Herndon: Stylus Publishing.

Checkoway, B. (2011). Multicultural participation in an Israeli neighborhood. Community Development Journal, 46(S2), 5–14.

Checkoway, B., & Fisher, R. (2010). Facilitation of intergroup dialogues for youth empowerment and community change. In K. Maxwell, R. Nagda, & M. Thompson (Eds.), Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation: Bridging Differences, Catalyzing Change. Herndon: Stylus Publishing.

Checkoway, B. N. (2009). Community change for diverse democracy. Community Development Journal, 44(1), 5-21.

Ucar, X., & Checkoway, B. (2009). Enfoques Y Experiencias Internacionales De Accion Communitaria. Barcelona: Grao.

Checkoway, B. (2009). Youth civic engagement for dialogue and diversity at the metropolitan level. The Foundation Review, 1, 41-50.

Richards-Schuster, K., & Checkoway, B. (2009). Youth participation in public policy at the local level: New lessons from Michigan municipalities. National Civic Review, 98, 26-31.

Checkoway, B. (2009). Multicultural participation in an Israeli neighborhood. Community Development Journal, 46(1), 42-56.

Checkoway, B., Figueroa, L., & Richards-Schuster, K. (2008). Youth force in the south Bronx. In D. Brotheron & M. Flynn (Eds.), Globalizing the Streets: Cross-cultural Perspective on Youth, Social Control and Empowerment. New York: Columbia University Press.

Checkoway, B. (2008). Involving urban planning, social work, and public health faculty in the civic renewal of the research university. Journal of Planning Education, 27, 507-511.

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