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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
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.

Lloyd, M., & Brook, J. (2019). Drug testing in child welfare: A systematic review. Children and Youth Services Review

Carlson, J., Quiason, M., Doan, A., & Mabachi, N. (2018). What can campuses learn from community Sexual Assault Response Teams? Literature review of teams’ purpose, activities, membership and challenges. Trauma, Violence & Abuse

Carlson, J., Voith, L., Brown, J., & Holmes, M. (2019). Viewing children’s exposure to intimate partner violence through a developmental, social ecological, and survivor lens: The current state, challenges, and future directions. Violence Against Women (Special Issue for 25th Anniversary), 25(1), 6-28.

Gandy-Guedes, M. E., & Paceley, M. S. (2019). Activism in Southwestern queer and trans young adults after the marriage equality era. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 1-22.

Paceley, M. S. (2018). In Their Words: A Found Poem on the Experiences of Rural LGBTQ Youth. Qualitative Inquiry, Advanced Online Publication.

Bagwell-Gray, M. E. (2018). Establishing positive sexuality and reducing HIV risk: Women’s healing journey from intimate partner violence. Qualitative Health Research.

Fabbre, V. D., Jen, S., & Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I. (2019). The state of theory in LGBT aging: Implications for gerontological scholarship. Research on Aging

Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Jen, S., & Muraco, A. (2019). Iridescent life course: LGBTQ aging research and a blueprint for the future - A systematic review. Gerontology, 65(3), 253-274.

Bagwell-Gray, Meredith, Catherine Burnette, Gail Danna-Sacco, Jill Messing, and Jaqcueline Campbell, Society for Social Work and Research, "Culturally Tailoring a Web-based Intervention for Native American Women," San Francisco, CA. (January 2019).

Kappas, Andrea, Meredith Bagwell-Gray, Jill Messing, and Megan Brown, Society for Social Work and Research, "Increasing Access to Evidenced-Based Care for Survivors of Domestic Violence: Year One," San Francisco, CA. (January 2019).

Carlson, J. Gender-based Violence: Prevention Focused on Stopping Violence Before It Starts. Research Impact talk, University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare, Lawrence, KS. (April 2019).

Voith, L., Carlson, J., *Brown, J., & Holmes, M. Survivor-Researcher Writing Collaborations: Unpacking the Process Using Principles of Community-Based Participatory Research and Trauma-Informed Care. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA. (January 2019).

Isom, Shanza, D. Crystal Coles, and Tracey Barnett, Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, "We helped build this: Contributions of African-American pioneers in social welfare history," Orlando, FL. (November 2018).

Holmes, Cheryl, Suzanne Gladney, Michelle Levy, Elizabeth Reid, and Kaylee Uland, Research Impact Talks, "Engaging Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Healthcare Research," Overland Park, KS. (February 2019).

Lewis, M. Making Education Work for the Poor. Keynote presentation for the Kansas Association of Scholarship and Financial Aid Administrators conference. Lawrence, KS. (April 2019).

Lewis, M. Building Advocacy Capacity to Reduce Poverty. Presentation for the Kansas Conference on Poverty. Topeka, KS. (July 2018).

Elliott, W., Reeves, R., Hamilton, D., and Lewis, M. Making Education Work for the Poor. Book presentation at New America. Washington, DC. (July 2018).

Woojae, Han, Jason Matejkowski, and Lee Sungkyu, Society for Social Work Research Annual Conference, "Racial variation in effects of mental health court experience on recidivism," San Francisco, CA. (January 2019).

Conrad, Aaron, Han Woojae, and Jason Matejkowski, American Society for Criminology Annual Conference, "An examination of the relationships among mental health court participation, perceived voluntariness of treatment, service utilization, and quality of life.," Atlanta, GA. (November 2018).

McGeough, B, Association of Recovery in Higher Education, "Rates and Predictors of Alcoholics Anonymous Attendance Among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Individuals," Houston, Texas. (Summer 2018).

McGeough, B, Society for Psychotherapy Research, "Understanding and Addressing Co-Occurring Depression and Alcohol Use Symptoms Among Sexual Minority Individuals," Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Summer 2018).

Goffnett, Jacob, and Megan S Paceley, Society for Social Work and Research, "What messages do trans youth have for other youth about growing up trans?," San Francisco, CA. (January 2019).

Paceley, Megan S, Jessica N Fish, Aaron Conrad, and Nikolaus Schuetz, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, "Community support within diverse community contexts for sexual and gender minority youth," Orlando, FL. (November 2018).

Goffnett, Jacob, and Megan S Paceley, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, "Rural sexual and gender minority youth, social media, and support," Orlando, FL. (November 2018).

Akin, B., Carlson, Conrad, A., Rose, J., Taggart, S., Davis, L., & Zinn, A Collaboration at the Intersection of Domestic violence and Child Welfare: The Views of Stakeholders from Multiple Systems. Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA. (National) (January 2019).