Matt Borus

Matt Borus



  • 30000 Social Intervention: Programs and Policies
  • 48112 Community Organizing

Job Experience

  • Organizer for several organizations in the Boston area.  Issues of focus included labor, welfare rights, forest protection, and support for undocumented immigrants.

  • Prevention Case Manager, Youth on Fire, drop-in center for homeless and marginally housed youth.

  • Social Science Research Analyst, Administration for Children and Families, an agency for the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Fields of Special Interest

  • Social movements
  • Community organization
  • Disability
  • Definitions of community, group identity formation/maintenance


  • Borus, M. (2015). “Joy and Justice,” review of Review of Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services, by Benjamin Shepard. Shelterforce 36 (4), p. 49.
  • “Whose Empowerment? Professionalism vs. Independent Living.” Poster presentation at Society for Social Work Research annual conference, January 2018 (pending).
  • “Picking Through the Rags: Archival Research On A Grassroots Disability Publication.”  Presentation at University of Chicago Disability Studies Working Project Roundtable, May 2017
  • “Ragged Subjectivity: Liberal, Neoliberal, and Defiant Conceptions of Disability Activism.” Presentation to University of Chicago Disability Studies Reading Group, May 2016.