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Associate Professor of Social Work

PhD, University of Connecticut
MSW, University of Michigan
BA, The George Washington University

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 the Campaign School for Social Workers, a two-day training that has trained more than 1,200 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, is a member of the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education with the Council on Social Work Education, and serves as Deputy Registrar of Voters in Bethany, Connecticut.  She and Dr. Suzanne Pritzker are the authors of Political Social Work: Using Power to Create Social Change (2018, Springer Publishing).  Her new book, Social Welfare Policy in a Changing World with Drs. Elizabeth Palley and Corey Shdaimah was published in 2019.

At Wurzweiler, Dr. Lane is the co-director of Care Cafe with Dr. Laurie Blackman, co-chair of the policy sequence with Dr. Kathryn Krase, and teaches policy and research.  

Political social work

Social policy

Social work education

Voter engagement

Gender equity

Voter Empowerment Research Award (with Dr. Katharine Hill), Voter Empowerment Campaign/Influencing Social Policy, 2017

Research on Teaching Effectiveness in Policy Award (with Dr. Suzanne Pritzker), Influencing Social Policy, 2016

Adelphi University Excellence in Teaching for Untenured Faculty Award (nominee), 2010, 2011, 2012


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

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


Hill, K., Smith, T.R., Lane, S.R. & Shannon, S. (in press). Commentary: Giving a voice to those with felony convictions: A call to action. Social Work.

Marmo, S. & Lane, S.R. (in press). Social justice and advanced cancer patients: An analysis of key policies. Journal of Policy Practice and Research.

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

Hill, K., Lane, S.R., Powers, J. & Smith, T.R. (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. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol46/iss1/7/

Lane, S.R. Hill, K., Ostrander, J., Powers, J., Smith, T.R. & 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, 1-13. doi: 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. doi: 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). doi: http://dx.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. doi: 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. doi: 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. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15588742.2016.1266296.

Pritzker, S.R. & Lane, S.R. (2017). Commentary: Political social work: History, forms and opportunities for innovation. Social Work, 62(1), 80-82 (special issue on Civil Rights and Social Justice). doi: 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. doi: 10.1080/23303131.2016.1173159

Lane, S.R.  & Flowers, T. (2015). Salary inequity in social work. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 30(3), 363-379. doi: 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. doi: 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. doi: 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.

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. doi: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. doi: 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. doi: 10.5175/JSWE.2011.200900050

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. doi: 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. doi: 10.1300/J508v06n04_06


Pritzker, S. & Lane, S.R. (2017). Political social work. In Encyclopedia of Social Work. 

McClendon, J. & Lane, S.R. (2014). Homeless people. In A. Gitterman (Ed.), Handbook of social work practice with vulnerable and resilient populations (3rd Ed.). New York, NY: 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]. Washington, DC, and New York, NY: 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

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