School of Social Work

Susan J. Roll, PhD

Associate Professor
Butte Hall, Room 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. She also works on how we teach and learn about poverty through innovative pedagogy and experiential learning.

In January 2017, Susan was appointed the director of Civic Engagement for the Campus. This work connects well with social work and community-based scholarship - where faculty and students work in corporation with community partners to solve issues of concern across the North State.

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 in Political Science, University of Rochester, 1991
Masters in Social Work, Arizona State University, 1998
PhD in Social Work, University of Denver, 2010

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