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Barbara Levy Simon

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Title Associate Professor
Department Sch Of Social Work
Email bls1@columbia.edu
Phone +1 212 851 2248
Address 1255 Amsterdam Ave
Room 801
Mail Code: 4600
United States

Dr. Barbara L. Simon has taught at Columbia University’s School of Social Work since 1986. Her research interests include the history of social work, social welfare, and human service and urban professions. She applies frameworks of analysis from women and gender studies to applied professional settings and postcolonial contexts of social work practice. In 1987, Simon published Never Married Women with Temple University Press; in 1994 she published The Empowerment Tradition in American Social Work: A History with Columbia University Press; and in 2011, she and her colleague, Warren Green, are publishing a co-edited book, Columbia University Guide to Social Work Writing, with Columbia University Press.

Research Interests: History of social work and social welfare; History of urban professions; Social Work and women's and gender studies; Postcolonial approaches to social work practice; Social movements influential in social work’s evolution globally; Gay, lesbian, and queer populations; Religious roots of contemporary social work; Immigration and social work in the 19th – 21st centuries

Current Projects: Pivotal ideas in social work’s formation in colonial and postcolonial contexts; Presbyterians, Episcopalians and the fresh-air movement

Selected Publications:

Simon, B. L. (2006). A study in still life: The social construction of female adolescence during the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Forum in Women's and Gender Studies, 77(1), 65-77.

Simon, B. L. (2004). The association for improving the condition of the poor, 1843-1939. Encyclopedia of the history of social welfare. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Simon, B. L. (2004). Scientific philanthopy. Encyclopedia of the history of social welfare. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004.

Simon, B. L. (2001). Building on the romance of women's innate strengths: Social Feminism and its influence at the Henry Street Settlement, 1893-1993. In K. J. Peterson & A. Lieberman (Eds.). Building on women's strengths/ (2nd ed.) (pp. 22-44). NY: Haworth.