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Michael A. Dover

Michael A. Dover

PhD Student. Social Work/Sociology Graduate - 2003

Dr. Michael Dover is an emeritus faculty member at Cleveland State University (2007-2021). His 2019 needs-based partial theory of human injustice (Humanity & Society) contends that oppression, mechanistic dehumanization, and exploitation—absent prevention—produce systematic inequality in access to satisfiers of human needs, leading to wrongfully unmet needs and serious harm.

His 2016 work on the moment of microaggression (Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment) and his entries on human need in the Encyclopedia of Social Work in 2008 and 2016 also originated in his activism, teaching, and residency at the Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science.

He is applying this theory to research on Covid-19, institutional racism in higher education, the human needs of older people in long-term care, and adverse birth outcomes. He is planning to finish a long-delayed monograph, based on an update of his dissertation.

Following work as a group home worker, journalist, community organizer, Chile solidarity activist, and school-based family support worker, he earned his BSW from Adelphi’s urban ANSWER program in 1978, and an MSSW at Columbia in 1980. His post-MSW work until 1991 was primarily as an advanced generalist practitioner, working in union-based employee assistance programs in New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia.

Dissertation Title

The Social System of Real Property Ownership: Public and Nonprofit Property Tax Exemptions And Corporate Tax Abatements in City and Suburb, 1955-2000


Year Degree   School
2003 PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1996 MA University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1980 MA Columbia University, New York, NY
1978 BS Adelphi University, New York, NY


Year Description
2003 SW dissertation thesis grant (1/1/2003)
2003 Rackham One-term Dissertation (1/1/2003)

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