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Associate Professor of Social Work


(646) 592-6817

Belfer Hall, Room 909B

2495 Amsterdam Ave.

New York, NY  10033

PhD, University of Connecticut

MSW, University of Michigan

BA, The George Washington University

Dr. Lane is an Associate Professor in the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and the Associate Director of Research for the WSSW PhD Program.  She is the author (with Suzanne Pritzker) of Political Social Work: Using Power to Create Social Change (2018, Springer Publishing) and of Social Welfare Policy in a Changing World (2019, Sage Publishing) with Elizabeth Palley and Corey Shdaimah.

Dr. Lane began her career working for the United States Senate, where she was hired as a staff member for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle while still an undergraduate at the George Washington University.  She received her MSW from the University of Michigan and returned to Capitol Hill to work for Senators Daschle, Pryor, and Nelson.  Since 2004, she has been affiliated with the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.  She has worked with the Humphreys Institute to coordinate and evaluate the Campaign School for Social Workers, a two-day training that has trained more than 2,300 social work students and professionals from around the country to run for political office and hold leadership positions in political settings.  She earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and has taught social work policy, macro practice, and research at four universities.  Dr. Lane shares her passion for political action by researching strategies to increase the political involvement of social workers and underserved populations.  She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Policy and Research and is the Deputy Registrar of Voters in Bethany, Connecticut.  

At Wurzweiler, Dr. Lane teaches in the PhD and MSW programs.  She coordinates dissertation research for the doctoral program and supports students, faculty, and alumni in conducting research.  She also serves as chair of the MSW policy sequence.  She is currently working with a group of WSSW MSW students to promote political justice in social work practice.

Political social work

Social policy

Social work education

Voter engagement

Gender equity

Research and Teaching

Faculty Research Award

Influencing Social Policy, 2020

Article awarded: Hill, K., Lane, S.R., Powers, J. & Rhodes Smith, T. (2019). From the Empire State to the North Star State: Voter engagement in the 2016 election.

Voter Empowerment Research Award

Voter Empowerment Campaign/Influencing Social Policy, 2017

Research on Teaching Effectiveness in Policy Award

Influencing Social Policy, 2016

Article awarded: Pritzker, S.R. & Lane, S.R. (2014). Integrating policy and political content in BSW and MSW field placements.

Excellence in Teaching for Untenured Faculty Award Nominee

Adelphi University, 2010, 2011, 2012

Community Service

Jewish Federation President’s Award

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 2021

Kavod Key Community Service Award

Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 2020


Lane, S.R., Palley, E. & Shdaimah, C. (2019). Social welfare policy in a changing world. Sage Publishing.

Lane, S.R. & Pritzker, S. (2018). Political social work: Using power to create social change. Springer International.

REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES (* publications with students)

*Krase, K., Lane, S.R., Fishman, A.C., Fuentes, F., & Wang, D. (2022). Influence of political ideology on coping and personal protection practices during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Policy Practice and Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42972-022-00060-7

Lane, S.R., Kagotho, N., McClendon, J., Flowers, T.D., Vanidestine, T., & Bogenschutz, M. (2022). In their own words: Social work faculty discuss incivility. Social Work Education, 41(6), 1183-1200. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2021.1935845

Meehan, P., Ostrander, J., & Lane, S.R. (2022). Who is a social worker? Lessons on sampling from political participation research. Advances in Social Work, 22(1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.18060/25650

*Hylton, M., Lane, S.R., Rhodes Smith, T., Ostrander, J., & Powers, J. (2021). The Voter Engagement Model: Preparing the next generation of social workers for political practice. Journal of Social Work Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2021.2009945

Lane, S.R., Hill, K., Krase, K., & Rhodes Smith, T. (2021). Political efficacy in social workers before and after 2016. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 48(4), 29-45. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol48/iss4/3

Pritzker, S., Barros Lane, L., & Lane, S.R. (2021). ‘Just one person in the middle’: Ethics and political social work practice. Journal of Policy Practice and Research, 2(1), 20-39. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42972-020-00014-x

Sandler, A.K., & Lane, S.R. (2021). Diverse views of political empowerment among community college students who receive SNAP benefits. Journal of Policy Practice and Research, 2(4), 238-257. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42972-021-00034-1

Hill, K., Rhodes Smith, T., Lane, S.R., & Shannon, S. (2020).  Giving a voice to those with felony convictions: A call to action. [Commentary] Social Work, 65(4), 406-408. https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/swaa036

Lane, S.R., McClendon, J., Osborne-Leute, V., & Baxter, K. (2020). Interprofessional perspectives on faculty-to-faculty incivility from nursing and social work. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 35(4), 586-595. https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2020.1787359  

Marmo, S., & Lane, S.R. (2020). Social justice and advanced cancer patients: An analysis of key policies. Journal of Policy Practice and Research 1(1-2), 37-54. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42972-020-00003-0

McClendon, J., Lane, S.R., Ostrander, J., & Rhodes Smith, T. (2020). Training social workers for political engagement: Exploring regional differences in the United States.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 40(2), 147-168. https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2020.1724240

*Hill, K., Lane, S.R., Powers, J. & Rhodes Smith, T. (2019). From the Empire State to the North Star State: Voter engagement in the 2016 election.  Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 46(1), 91-112. https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol46/iss1/7/

*Lane, S.R. Hill, K., Ostrander, J., Powers, J., Rhodes Smith, T., & Hylton, M.E. (2019). Creating a culture of voting in direct and generalist practice: Training field instructors.  Advances in Social Work, 19(1), 86-105. https://doi.org/10.18060/22614

McClendon, J., Lane, S.R., & Flowers, T. (2019). Faculty-to-faculty incivility in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 57(1), 100-112.  https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2019.1671271

Ostrander, J., Bryan, J., & Lane, S.R. (2019). Clinical social workers, gender, and perceptions of political participation. Advances in Social Work, 19(1), 256-275. https://doi.org/10.18060/22609

*Hylton, M., Rhodes Smith, T., Powers, J., Ostrander, J., & Lane, S.R. (2018). The power of three: Infusing voter engagement in lower level BSW courses.  Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 23(1), 213-229. https://doi.org/10.18084/1084-7219.23.1.213

Lane, S.R., Ostrander, J.A., & Rhodes Smith, T. (2018). "Politics is social work with power": Training social workers for elected office. Social Work Education, 37(1), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2017.1366975

Kagotho, N., McClendon, J., & Lane, S.R. (2017). Student philanthropy: Connecting BSW students, schools of social work, and communities. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work Education, 22(1), 75-91. https://doi.org/10.18084/1084-7219.22.1.75

Lane, S.R., McClendon, J., & Matthews, N. (2017). Finding, serving, and housing the homeless: Using collaborative research to prepare social work students. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 37(3), 292-306. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2017.1317689 

*Ostrander, J., Lane, S.R., McClendon, J., Hayes, C., & Rhodes Smith, T. (2017). Collective power to create political change: Increasing the political efficacy and engagement of social workers. Journal of Policy Practice, 16(3), 261-275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15588742.2016.1266296.

Pritzker, S.R., & Lane, S.R. (2017). Political social work: History, forms and opportunities for innovation. [Commentary] Social Work, 62(1), 80-82 (special issue on Civil Rights and Social Justice). https://doi.org/10.1093/sw/sww072

McClendon, J., Kagotho, N., & Lane, S.R. (2016). Preparing social work students for leadership in human service organizations through student philanthropy. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance, 40(5), 500-507. https://doi.org/10.1080/23303131.2016.1173159

*Lane, S.R., & Flowers, T. (2015). Salary inequity in social work: A review of the knowledge and call to action. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(3), 363-379. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109915572843

Lane, S.R., & Humphreys, N.A. (2015). Gender and social workers’ political activity. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(2), 232-245. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109914541115

Pritzker, S.R., & Lane, S.R. (2014). Integrating policy and political content in BSW and MSW field placements. Journal of Social Work Education, 50(4), 730-739. https://doi.org/10.1080/10437797.2014.947905

Kim, T.K., & Lane, S.R.  (2013). Government health expenditure and public health outcomes. American International Journal of Contemporary Research, 3(9), 1-13. http://www.aijcrnet.com/journals/Vol_3_No_9_September_2013/2.pdf

Lane-Toomey, C.K., & Lane, S.R. (2013). U.S. study abroad in the Middle East/North Africa: Factors influencing growing numbers. Journal of Studies in International Education, 17(4), 308-331. https://doi.org/10.1177/1028315312447572

Lane, S.R., Altman, J.C., Goldberg, G.S., Kagotho, N.K., Palley, E., & Paul, M. (2012). Inspiring and training students for social action: Renewing a needed tradition. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(5), 532-549. https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2012.722598

Lane, S.R. (2011). Political content in social work education as reported by elected social workers. Journal of Social Work Education, 47(1), 53-72. https://www.jstor.org/stable/23044434

Lane, S.R., & Humphreys, N.A. (2011). Social workers in politics: A national survey of social work candidates and elected officials. Journal of Policy Practice, 10(3), 225-244. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15588742.2011.582809

Lane, S.R., Humphreys, N.A., Graham, E., Matthews, N., & Moriarty, J. (2007). Voter registration: Empowering clients through agency-based voter registration. Journal of Policy Practice, 6(4), 79-94. https://doi.org/10.1300/J508v06n04_06


Pritzker, S., & Lane, S.R. (2021). Political social work. In Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work and Encyclopedia of Social Work. National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.295

Pritzker, S., & Lane, S.R. (2017). Political social work. In Encyclopedia of Social Work. National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press.

McClendon, J., & Lane, S.R. (2014). Homeless people. In A. Gitterman (Ed.), Handbook of social work practice with vulnerable and resilient populations (3rd Ed.). Columbia University Press.

Humphreys, N.A., & Lane, S.R. (2008). Hate crimes. In T. Mizrahi & L. E. Davis (Eds.-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of social work (20th ed.) [Electronic]. NASW Press and Oxford University Press.


Chiarelli-Helminiak, C., Blake, M., Hamilton-Mason, J., Hodge, D., Kominkiewicz, F., Lane, S.R., Silva-Martinez, E. & Simmons, C. (2016). Multiple faces of feminism. In Teaching for social justice. Retrieved from https://learningacademy.cswe.org/

Lyon, E., Lane, S.R., & Menard, A. (2008). Meeting survivors’ needs: A multi-state study of domestic violence shelter experiences (Final report). Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice. Retrieved from https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/225025.pdf


(646) 592-6817

Belfer Hall, Room 909B

2495 Amsterdam Ave.

New York, NY  10033


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SWK 8920 Dissertation Proposal Seminar II

SWK 8904 Dissertation Proposal I

SWK 8422 Strategies of Inquiry II

SWK 8421 Strategies of Inquiry I

SWK 8296 Social Policy


SWK 6033 Advanced Community Practice I

SWK 6034 Advanced Community Practice II

SWK 6210 Advanced Policy Advocacy

SWK 6201 Social Welfare and Social Change

SWK 6252 Administration/Leading for Social Change

SWK 6135 Cultural Diversity