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LIU Brooklyn School of Health Professions Susanna Jones

Susanna Jones, PhD, MSW

ProfessorChair, Department of Social Work

B.A., California State University, NorthridgeM.S.W., San Jose State UniversityPh.D., The Graduate Center, CUNY


Susanna Jones holds a B.A. in psychology from California State University, Northridge; an M.S.W. from San Jose State University (California); and a Ph.D. in social welfare and a certificate in women’s studies from The Graduate Center, CUNY. In addition to being an associate professor, Dr. Jones is the undergraduate social work program coordinator. Prior to completing her Ph.D., she worked for the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., where she worked in both the inpatient and oncology units. After her time at the VA, Dr. Jones worked for the National Resource Center for Permanency Planning at Hunter College School of Social Work as a research assistant, conducting interviews about permanency planning with caseworkers from the Administration for Children’s Services. Additionally, Dr. Jones consulted with the Single Parent Resource Center, developing and running support groups with single mothers who were homeless and residing in the New York City shelter system.

Since joining the faculty at LIU Brooklyn in 2002, Dr. Jones has taught a variety of social work courses including, but not limited to, social welfare policy and analysis, research, social welfare history and macro practice. Beyond her work in the department, Dr. Jones serves on numerous committees. She also is actively involved as a gender studies board member and served as gender studies co-chair during the fall 2010 semester.

Her most recent scholarship examines immigration policy and transnationalism and its impact on social welfare policy and practice. Examples of this work include her collaboration with R. Furman, A.R. Ackerman, M. Loya and N. Negi on “The criminalization of immigration: Value conflicts for the social work profession” in the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare; her collaboration with R. Hayduk on “Immigrants and race: Peril and potential for class-based multiracial alliances in the U.S.” in Socialism & Democracy; and her collaboration with R.C. Furman, N.J. Negi and M.C.S. Schatz on “Transnational social work: Using a wrap-around model” in Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs. Dr. Jones also has collaborated on published works covering a range of other topics, including perceptions of B.S.W. junior faculty regarding scholarship and workload demands, and diversity and commonalities of Latinos in the U.S.


Immigration Policy and Practice, Single Motherhood, History of the American Family, Marriage and Family Policy, Feminist Theory


  • Author, “Working with immigrant clients: Perils and possibilities for social workers,” Families in Society (2012)
  • Co-author, articles published in the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare (2012); Social Work Practice with Latinos: Key Issues and Emerging Themes (2010); Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work (2009); Socialism & Democracy (2008); and Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs (2008)
  • Author, "Exercising agency, Becoming a single mother: Decision making processes of unmarried women," published in Marriage and Family Review (2008)
  • Author, “Social Work,” published in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition (2008)
  • Author, “Lucy Stone,” published in the Dictionary of Modern Philosophers, 1860-1960 (2005)
  • Author, "Review: 'Before Roe: Abortion Policy in the United States' by Paula Nossiff," published by the Association for Research on Mothering (2004)
  • Author, "Review: 'Sing Your Own Song: A Guide for Single Mothers' by Cynthia Orange," published by the Association for Research on Mothering

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, National Association of Social Workers, NYC Chapter
  • Member, Council on Social Work Education
  • Member, Baccalaureate Program Directors
  • Member, Phi Alpha Iota Chi Social Work Honor Society