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Creasie Finney Hairston, PhD

Dean and Professor

Director, Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research


Building & Room:

ETMSW 4115


1040 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

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Dean Creasie Finney Hairston is a pioneer in the development of family programs for correctional populations and has conducted research and written extensively on the impact of incarceration on families and communities. Her publications on social policies and services affecting poor children and families appear in leading academic and professional journals and texts and in the popular press. In addition, Hairston leads the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research and serves as principal investigator on the UIC Behavioral Health Crisis Hub, among other research projects.

Professional Interests

Social work, families and the criminal justice system
Higher education administration and leadership
Social policies, social programs and social justice


Impact of incarceration and community reentry on families and children
Social welfare policies and services for aging populations

Selected Publications

Hairston, C.F. (2021). Combating Gun Violence: Hospital Responders and Street Outreach Workers. Chicago, IL: Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research, University of Illinois Chicago.

Hairston, C.F. (2019). Reflections and Conclusions. In J. M. Eddy & J. Poehlmann-Tyson (Eds.), Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents: Research, Policy and Practice. Second Edition (pp. 373-379). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland.

Hairston, C.F. (2018). Family Relationships During Incarceration and When Fathers Return Home. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 57, 2.

Hairston, C.F. (2016). Starting All Over: Service Needs and Service Responses in an Urban Neighborhood. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Chicago.

Hairston, C.F. (2014). Editors note: Women prisoners’ community reentry and reintegration. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 53.

Hairston, C.F. (2010). Foreword. In J.M. Eddy & J. Poehlmann (Eds.), Children of incarcerated parents: A handbook for researchers and practitioners (pp. xiii – xvi). Washington, D.C: The Urban Institute Press.

Hairston, C.F. (2010). Introduction. Special issue: Children of incarcerated parents. Scholar & Feminist Online, 8(2).

Hairston, C.F. (2009). Kinship care when parents are incarcerated: What we know, What we can do. Baltimore, MD: Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Editorial Reviews:

Editor, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation


BS, Bluefield State College
MSSA, Case Western Reserve University
PhD, Case Western Reserve University