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Ed.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013)
Graduate Feminist Certificate, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2013)
M.S.W., Smith College School for Social Work (1999)
B.A., University of Cincinnati (1995)

Recent Courses

Bsw Practice I: The Process Of Generalist Social Work
Bsw Practice II: Intervention In Generalist Sw Practice
Foundations Of Social Work Practice I
Social Work Practice With Individuals: Theory And Research

Personal Statement

Having been trained in the fields of Social Work, Social Justice Education and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, I bring an interdisciplinary approach to both my teaching and research. I apply a social justice framework, attention to multi-level analysis, intersectionality, positionality and power, to social work practice, research and teaching.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

I view teaching as a political endeavor and believe classrooms can be transformative spaces where students should be encouraged to actively engage with the course content, with me as the professor and with each other. I am interested in teaching courses in the area of social work practice and human behavior/social environment.

Research Interests

My research links social justice concepts, theories and approaches to social work education. My last study examined the ways clinical social work faculty conceptualize and incorporate issues of race and racism in the teaching of social work practice. I am also interested in utilizing intergroup dialogue approaches in social work education. I was involved in a national longitudinal study examining the effects of race and gender intergroup dialogue courses across nine campuses.

Book Chapters

Bell, L., Goodman, D., & Varghese, R. (2016). Critical self-knowledge for social justice educators. In L. Bell, D. Goodman, K. Joshi & M. Adams (Eds.). Teachings for diversity and social justice. New York, NY: Routledge.

Zuniga, X., Mildred, J., Varghese, R., DeJong, K., & Keehn, M. (2014). Engaged listening in race/ethnicity and gender intergroup dialogue courses. In X. Zuniga, G. Lopez & K.A. Ford (Eds.). Intergroup dialogue: Engaging difference, social identities and social justice. New York, NY: Routledge.

Conference Presentations/Papers

Zuniga, X., Mildred, J., Varghese, & Keehn, M. (2015). What does participant engagement and disengagement look like and what contributes to disengagement in race/ethnicity and gender intergroup dialogues?: Implications for research and practice. In Northeaster Intergroup Dialogue Conference. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY.