Douglas J. Besharov

Former Scholar

Douglas J. Besharov, a lawyer and the first director of the U.S. National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, is a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy. There, he directs the university's Welfare Reform Academy and teaches courses on family policy, welfare reform, evaluation, and the implementation of social policy. As the director of AEI's Social and Individual Responsibility Project, Mr. Besharov led research on state welfare and Medicaid policy reforms; private and community efforts to restore stability to inner cities; and the effectiveness of federal nutrition, rehabilitation, and vocational training programs.


  • Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, 1992-present
  • Director, U.S. Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1975-79
  • Faculty, Georgetown University, American University, College of William and Mary, and New York University


J.D., LL.M., New York University
B.A., Queens College
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