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Social & Economic Justice

Working towards social and economic justice across individuals and systems.

We recognize the long-term negative impact of social and economic injustices and oppression. Our work is to better understand and diminish these inequalities, as well as to address structural inequalities and well-being of individuals involved in the justice system. Our research seeks to develop and promote modes of anti-oppressive social work and dismantle structures of exclusion on both the micro and macro levels. Research in this area includes work focused on poverty, asset building, well being of gender and sexual minority youth, and ethnic minority health and mental health.

 

 

Research Projects

Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project

  • PI: Doan, A; Co-PIs: Carlson, J. M. and Mabachi, N.
  • Funder: US Department of Health & Human Services
  • Dates: 07/15/16 to 06/30/19

Transgender Youth and Their Communities

  • PI: Paceley, Megan
  • Funder: University of Kansas New Faculty General Research Fund
  • Dates: 05/01/17 to 05/01/19

FACULTY & RESEARCHERS

 

Deborah Adams, Associate Professor,  MSW Program Director

Deborah Adams

Scholarship Focus
Poverty and policy studies; asset building and asset effects; well-being of women and children; social and economic development; theory for research; mixed methods research.

 Grand Challenge
Reduce extreme economic inequality. Stop family violence. Build financial capability and assets for all.

Mahasweta Banerjee, Professor, BSW Program Director

Mahsweta Banerjee

Scholarship Focus
Theories and practices associated with enhancing social and economic justice; community development; micro-enterprise as an anti-poverty strategy; international social development; qualitative and quantitative research.

 Grand Challenge
Reduce extreme economic inequality. Build financial capability and assets for all.

Juliana Carlson, Assistant Professor

Juliana Carlson

Scholarship Focus
International organizational practices to engage men in gender-based violence prevention; formal support of new and expectant fathers to reduce child exposure to domestic violence; economic and social justice for families.

 Grand Challenge
Stop family violence.

Melinda Lewis, Associate Professor of the Practice

Melinda Lewis

Scholarship Focus
Poverty & economic inequality, asset-based financial aid, strategies for effective nonprofit policy advocacy, social change, advocacy evaluation & capacity-building for individuals & social service organizations.

 Grand Challenge
Achieve equal opportunity & justice. Reduce extreme economic inequality. Ensure healthy development for all youth. Build financial capability & assets for all.

Edward Scanlon, Associate Professor

Edward Scanlon

Scholarship Focus
Anti-poverty programs and policies; social justice; policy and social change strategies.

 Grand Challenge
Achieve equal opportunity and justice. Reduce extreme economic inequality. Create social responses to a changing environment. Build financial capability and assets for all. Build financial capability and assets for all.

Megan Paceley, Assistant Professor, DEI Coordinator

Megan Paceley

Scholarship Focus
Understanding the impact of non-urban communities on the health and well-being of gender and sexual minority (GSM) youth; development, sustainability, and evaluation of gender and sexual minority community organizations.

 Grand Challenge
Eradicate social isolation. Achieve equal opportunity and justice. Close the health gap. Create social responses to a changing environment. Ensure healthy development for all youth. Stop family violence. Advance long and productive lives.

Jason Matekowski, Associate Professor

Edward Scanlon

Scholarship Focus
Policies and services involving adults with mental illness who are involved with the criminal justice system or who are homeless.

 Grand Challenge
Promote smart decarceration. End homelessness.


Research Office Contacts
Amy Mendenhall
Associate Dean for Research
amendenhall@ku.edu
785-864-4792
 
Jenni Atwood
Research Office Manager
atwoodj@ku.edu
785-864-7368
Social Welfare Research Events
Recent Publications & Presentations
Choi, S., Lee, S., & Matejkowski, J. (2018). The effects of state Medicaid expansion on low-income individuals’ access to health care: Multilevel modeling. Population Health Management, 21(3), 235-244.
 
Chappell Deckert, J., Warren, S., & Britton, H. (2018). Midwestern Service Provider Narratives of Migrant Experiences: Legibility, Vulnerability, and Exploitation in Human Trafficking. Advances in Social Work, 18(3), 887-910.
 
Parker, A., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Mariscal, S., Guillamo-Ramos, V., Reynoso, E., & Fernandez, C. (2018). Community Health Workers Addressing Reproductive Health Disparities in Immigrant Latino Communities. Presented at Society for Social Work Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
 
Coles, D. C., Netting, F. E., & O’Connor, M. K. (in press). Using prosopography to raise the voices of those erased in social work history. Journal of Women and Social Work.
 
 
Subica, S. M., Douglas, J. A., Kepple, N. J., Villaneuva, S., & Grills, C. T. (2018). The geography of crime and violence surrounding tobacco shops, medical marijuana dispensaries, and off-sale alcohol outlets in a large, urban low-income community of color. Preventive Medicine, 108, 8-16. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.12.020