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Allan Irving, MSW, PhD

  • Lecturer, MSW Program

Over a thirty-five year academic career Allan Irving has taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto, and Widener University. Areas of teaching include:  social policy, history and philosophy of social work and social welfare, community social work practice, health and mental health policy, postmodernism and social work practice, and the arts and humanities and social work practice. Among his publications are: co-edited, Reading Foucault for Social Work; single-authored, Brock Chisholm: Doctor to the World (a biography of the first Director of the World Health Organization). He retired from full time teaching in June 2011. Current interests are lecturing and writing about environmental issues, transgender subjects, and philosophy and film. He is a founding member of an advocacy group in Swarthmore on LGBTQ issues.

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Faculty & Research

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