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Barbara Levy Simon

Associate Professor


Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership




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  • Profile

    Barbara Levy Simon's publications include two books -- Never Married Women and The Empowerment Tradition in American Social Work: A History -- and articles and chapters on the history of social work, social welfare, philanthropy, and public health; women’s and gender studies; postcolonial contexts of social work practice; social work practice with gay, lesbian, and queer populations; and disability studies. Simon’s current research focuses on: 1) the history of faith-based social services and the First Amendment; and 2) the history of social services in New York City.

    Her social work practice has focused upon survivors of sexual assault and rape, community mental health, and conflict resolution around issues of diversity. Currently she serves on the board of directors of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and co-chairs its programs and volunteers committee.

    Since 1986, Simon as been on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work. She has been an adjunct associate professor at CCNY since 1989.

  • Education

    B.A., Brown; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D.

  • Research Interests

    The history of faith-based social services and the First Amendment

    The history of social services in New York City

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