Associate Professor of Social Work
PhD, Bryn Mawr
Focus: Social work advocacy, community building, and the history and sociology of human service professions
Research: History of NYC social settlement houses and neighborhood centers as incubators of NYC's civic infrastructure
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Barbara Levy Simon has been a full-time faculty member at Columbia since 1986, having taught previously at La Salle University in Philadelphia and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. At Columbia, she serves as liaison for students in the dual-degree master’s program with Union Theological Seminary. Her teaching focuses on social work advocacy, community building, and the history and sociology of human service professions. In the doctoral program, she teaches a course on the transnational history of humanitarianism.
Simon's books include: Never-Married Women (Temple U. Press, 1987); The Empowerment Tradition in American Social Work: A History (Columbia U. Press, 1994); and Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing (co-edited with Warren Green, Columbia U. Press, 2012).