Areas of research

Identity, Immigration & Racism

SP2 Faculty exhibit the School’s understanding of how personal, cultural, and social factors impact important issues concerning inclusion, economic injustices, and policy within marginalized communities.

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Amy Hillier, MSW, PhD

Associate Professor; PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1991. Youth gender identity; parents of transgender children; WEB Du Bois and The Philadelphia Negro; food access; outdoor advertising.

Yoosun Park, MSW, PhD


Yoosun Park, MSW, PhD

Associate Professor; PhD, University of Washington. Critical history of social work; historical and contemporary immigration; discourse analysis; critical theories and methodologies for social work research and education.

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Joretha N. Bourjolly, MSW, PhD

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Inclusion; PhD, Bryn Mawr, 1996. Management of multicultural conflict; effects of chronic illness on individuals and family members; impact of racial and economic factors on the delivery of health care.

Headshot of Ezekiel Dixon-Roman


Ezekiel Dixon-Román, PhD

Associate Professor; PhD, Fordham University. Cultural studies of quantification; philosophy of science; cultural studies of education; critical policy studies; critical theories of “difference.”

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SP2’s Yoosun Park awarded 2023 Breul Prize for research on intersection of racism, Americanization, and social work

In recognition of a pioneering, in-depth analysis of the roles of racism and Americanization in the history of social work, SP2 Associate Professor Yoosun Park and co-author Professor Michael Reisch […]

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SP2 Lecturers and Class Speak with Congresswoman Dean

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New SP2 faculty, clockwise from left: Tamara Cadet, PhD; Yoosun Park, PhD; Meredith Doherty, PhD; and Milan AbiNader, PhD

SP2 Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) has announced the hiring of four new faculty members, who will begin their appointments on July 1, 2021. The School is pleased […]