Social & Economic Justice
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.
- 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
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.
Reduce extreme economic inequality. Stop family violence. Build financial capability and assets for all.
Mahasweta Banerjee, Professor, BSW Program Director
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.
Reduce extreme economic inequality. Build financial capability and assets for all.
Juliana Carlson, Assistant Professor
Melinda Lewis, Associate Professor of the Practice
Poverty & economic inequality, asset-based financial aid, strategies for effective nonprofit policy advocacy, social change, advocacy evaluation & capacity-building for individuals & social service organizations.
Achieve equal opportunity & justice. Reduce extreme economic inequality. Ensure healthy development for all youth. Build financial capability & assets for all.
Edward Scanlon, Associate Professor
Anti-poverty programs and policies; social justice; policy and social change strategies.
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
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.
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
Margaret Severson, Professor
Research and practice in social justice venues, including mental health and suicide prevention programming in detention centers, divorce and child custody mediation, restorative justice and social work ethics.
Promote smart decarceration. Achieve equal opportunity and justice.