Susan J. Roll, PhD

Associate Professor

Phone: (530) 898-4275
Office: Butte 543B

Susan’s teaching and research interests focus on poverty and income inequality.  She studies how social welfare policies either support or create barriers for families to be financially stable and how these policies work or do not work for families differently based on gender, race, ethnicity, geography,  immigration and socioeconomic status.  Most recently, she has been working on a project to discover how we teach and learn about poverty and support student's interest in civic engagement through high impact learning opportunities.  Prior to pursuing her PhD, Susan was a social work administrator in domestic violence and women’s health for ten years.  Susan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on policy, community, diversity and social justice.


BA, University of Rochester, 1991
MSW, Arizona State University, Tempe, 1998
PhD, University of Denver, 2010

Photo of Susan Roll, faculty of School of Social Work