PhD Student Directory



Interest areas: Dissemination and implementation science; Child and adolescent mental health; Recovery-oriented system transformation; Trauma-informed practice and policy; Child welfare; Poverty and inequality; Quality improvement in social service agencies; Public health; Mixed methods. Curriculum Vitae

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Interest areas: Poverty and Inequality; Welfare Policy; Income Instability; Social Networks; Social Capital; Financial Health and Mental Health and Well-Being; Earned Income Tax Credit; Work/Family Balance; Financial strategies of single parents; Qualitative methods; Mixed methods.

View his CV in the PhD Program CV Book

  • Matthew Borus

Interest areas: Community organizing, individual and organizational political identity

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Interest areas: Precarious work; Nonstandard employment; Labor market inequality and Working poverty; Work-Family Policy

  • Emily Claypool

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Interest Areas: Transitions to Adulthood; Disconnected Youth; Post-Secondary Education and Employment Organizations; Policy Advocacy; Race, Poverty, and Place.

View her CV in the PhD Program CV Book

Interest areas: Indigeneity; state violence; interpersonal violence; reproductive justice; Latin America; ethnographic methods

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Interest Areas: Work-family policy; Family caregiving; Poverty and inequality; Social safety nets; Job quality and employment policy; Mixed Methods. Curriculum Vitae

  • Kristen Ethier

Interest areas: Child Welfare, Adolescent parents and their children, Reproductive health and justice, Systems involved youth, Critical feminish research and practive, parenting support intervention

View her CV in the PhD Program CV Book

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Interest areas: Older foster youth, Chinese child welfare policy and social work profession development 

Interest areaseducation, youth and families, immigration, urban governance, organizations, social movements, community and labor organizing

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Interest areas: Definitions and enactments of state care, child welfare policy, mental health policy, organizational theory, anthropology of bureaucracy, social righs in a post-welfare era

Dissertation title: "Disappearing Acts: An Ethnographic Study of Psychotropic Drugs and Professional Practices in Illinois's Child Welfare System"

View her CV in the PhD Program CV Book

Interest areas: Deprofessionalized social work; helping professions; labor; community; institutions; ethnographic methods

Interests: Mental Health Systems and Services; Clinical Social Work; Queer and Trans Youth; School-Based Mental Healthcare; Violence Prevention; Critical Theories in Social Work; Participatory Action Research Methodologies 

Interest areas: Youth and families; school settings; community settings; mixed methods research

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Interest areasYoung fathers aging out of the child welfare/foster care system; Transition-aged foster youth and youth aging out of the child welfare/foster care system; Fatherhood, father involvement, and father engagement; Child maltreatment, child welfare, and foster care; History of social welfare and the profession of social work; African American contributions to the history of social welfare and social work

Dissertation Title: Fatherhood in Foster Care: Black Fathers Aging out of Care in Chicago, Illinois

 Curriculum Vitae

Interest areas: Positive youth development; afterschool programs; school social work; alternative youth services; adventure therapy; adolescent health; adolescent sexuality

Dissertation title: "Out-of-School Activities, Noncognitive Factors and Academic Performance." Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas: Pre K-12 Education; Criminal Justice; Juvenile Justice; School Discipline; Anti-Adultism; Socioemotional Learning; Play Therapy

  • Ebony Hinton

Interest areas: Evaluating the effects of social policy on low-income families and children, specifically on the economic conditions of families and how their economic well-being in turn influences parents' and children's well-being; the intersection of labor market and education, particularly among marginalized populations

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  • Sireen Irsheid

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Interest areas: Organizational Cultures and Program Effectiveness

Dissertation title: "Needs and Numbers: Perceptions of Performance Contracts in Human Service Organizations"

  • Amanda Michelle Jones

Interest areas: Youth Homelessness; LGBTQ Youth; Anti-Oppressive Social Work and Research; Trauma-Informed Social Work; Social Work with Groups; Community Organizing; Youth Participatory Action Research; Adolescent/Young Adult Development; Youth Political and Civic Engagement; Qualitative Research Methods; Evaluation Research; Visual Sociology; Research-based Arts

Dissertation title: "It's Complicated: The Relationship Between Structural Violence in Youth Homelessness Policy and the Lives of LGBTQ+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness." Curriculum Vitae

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  • Lance Keene

Interest areas: Race, Gender, and Sexuality; Social Inequality; Health Disparities; Urban Youth and Community Development; Youth Services and Programs. Curriculum Vitae

Interest areas: Mental Healthcare; Law Enforcement and Policing; Law, Punishment, and Social Control; Alternatives to Arrest and Incarceration; Spatial Distributions of Inequality; Race and Ethnicity. Curriculum Vitae

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Interest Areas: Urban Education; Social Inequality/Policy; Identity Formation

Dissertation Title: "A National Assessment of School District Variation in Black Student Academic Achievement"

View his CV in the PhD Program CV Book

Interest areasRacism; Wage Gap by Race; Glass Ceiling; Racial Minorities; Ethnic Minorities; Asian Americans; Emerging Adulthood; Young Adulthood; Stereotyping

Dissertation title: "Racial Inequality in Labor Market Perpetuated by Social Networks with a Focus on Asian Americans"

View her CV in the PhD Program CV Book

Interest areas: racial identity formation, Asian American identity consciousness, mental health among adolescents and emerging adults, critical narrative methods, family processes within immigrant communities

Interest areas: Suicidal Behavior among African-Americans in Community Settings and Incarceration; Mental Health; Criminal Justice: Race and Ethnicity; Help-seeking Behaviors

  • Biwen Liu

Interest areas: Community; Rural-urban migrants; Urban Poverty; Policy implementation; International social work

Interest areas: Adolescent development; immigration and families; adolescent health disparities; STI/HIV prevention

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Interest Areas: Health Services Research; Health Policy; Medicaid; The Integration of Health and Social Care; Social Determinants of Health; Clinical Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings

Preliminary Dissertation Title: Understanding Nonprofit Hospital Community Benefits: A Mixed Methods Approach. 

View her CV in the PhD Program CV Book

  • Matthew Maronick

Interest areas: Social Service Disparities; Nonprofit Engagement; Social Policy; Economic Inequalities

Dissertation title: "Assisting the Latino Diaspora: Human Service Availability in New Immigrant Destinations"

Interest areas: Childhood regulatory disorders; Family support

Interest areas: Community-based education spaces; race and ethnicity; social inequality; adolescent development; youth empowerment

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Interest areas: Social policy; child and family well-being; child welfare; poverty and safety net policy; child welfare policy; employment and income policy; program evaluation; policy analysis; mixed methods

Interest areas: Immigration Policy, Immigrant Advocacy, Enumeration and the U.S. Census, Political and Affective Dimensions of Counting, Ethnographic Methods

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Interest areas: Integration of behavioral, medical, and social services; health policy politics; health services research; Medicaid; social determinants of health

Interest areas: Mass incarceration; social control and the criminal legal system; Women and motherhood; Poverty and inequality; Community organizing and coalition work; Qualitative methods. Curriculum Vitae

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Interest areas: Ethnographic methods; Social service design; Youth experiencing homelessness; History of social work

Interest areas: masculinities, violence, re-entry and reintegration, Latin America, interventionsback to top

Interest areas: Disability and incarceration; intellectual and developmental disabilities; disabilities and health and crime policy; racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care and the criminal justice system among people with disabilities.

View her CV in the PhD Program CV Book

  • Jesse Self

Interest areas: Liminal legal statuses; trans-substantive processes (between immigration and carceral systems); state legal violence; socio-legal exclusion; law and society; social inequality

  • Allison Stinson

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Interest areas: Social Work Education & Immigration Policy, Mental Health within Immigrant Communities, Health Care Access Among Undocumented Imigrants

Dissertation Title: "Exploring the Experiences of Undocumented Immigrangs Living in a Sanctuary City: A Case Study of Chicago"

View her CV in the PhD Program CV Book

Interest areas: Interests include the intersection of gender expression and performativity with mental health; risk and resilience; vulnerability; and sex, body, or companionship-based practices

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Interest areas: Juvenile Incarceration; Juvenile Justice Services & Policy; Neighborhood; Effects and Violence; Neighborhood Networks; Families & Other Systems of Care; Adverse Health Outcomes; Social Network Analysis; Spatial Data Analysis; Mixed Methods Research. Curriculum Vitae

  • Tadeo Weiner-Davis

Interest areas: Community and community organizing; Urban development and planning; Race, class, and Black politics; Critical Discourse Analysis; Ethnographic methods; Social work profession and curriculumCurriculum Vitae

  • Jade Wong

Interest areas: Complex organizations; Sociology of documents and documentation; Governance of data in nonprofit and government organizations

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