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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, PhD

Associate Professor; PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1991. WEB Du Bois & The Philadelphia Negro; housing; food access; outdoor advertising; youth gender identity.

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.

Headshot of Dr. Jerri Bourjolly


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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