Faculty and Staff

Carrie Lanza

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Pre-Doctoral Teaching Associate

B.A. Cultural Anthropology, Ohio University
M.S.W. Community Organizing/Community and Social Systems, University of Michigan
Ph.D. Candidate, Social Welfare, University of Washington

Office:Husky Hall, Room 1416
Phone: 206-351-3182
Email: clanza@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246

Teaching Philosophy

My courses explore and interrogate the “helping” professions, welfare policy, and social research focusing especially on the complex interface between intention and actual outcomes in addressing social issues, such as homelessness, services for those with severe psychiatric disabilities, and early childhood intervention, to name a few. Time is devoted to many topics, practices, and frameworks critical to social work and welfare policy, community-engaged scholarship, and social justice work more broadly. These include:

  • considering how the environmental and historical contexts in which social issues and the systems that have emerged to address them  have evolved over time;
  • learning skills for self-reflection;
  • grappling with  oppression, power, privilege and empowerment;
  • and, developing strategies for allyship and advocacy outside of the classroom.

I am striving to create a classroom environment ripe for a respectful, lively engagement with the subject matter at hand primarily via conversation as well as through lectures, visits from guest speakers, and small group work.

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 226: Foundations of Social Services
BIS 312: Approaches to Social Research
BIS 445: Meanings and Realities of Inequalities
[SW 500: The Historical and Intellectual Foundations of Social Work, UW School of Social Work]


Grounded in visual/multimedia methodologies as well as feminist, Indigenous, and postcolonial theoretical frameworks, my work broadly explores arts and media production in community-engaged praxis and research. This investigation has manifested in my dissertation, a genealogy of media-based welfare research, political advocacy, and social action during the Progressive era entitled “Truth Plus Publicity”: Paul U. Kellogg, Hybrid Practice and Progressive Era Visual Research Methods, 1902-1917. I am also proud to be part of the Women Who Rock Community Research Project, a feminist collective effort exploring gender, race, and sexuality in music and social justice movements via the development of an online digital archive of oral histories of women artists, activists, and scholars. Additionally, I have a broad range of experience in research related to maternal and child health history, policy and practice and youth work.

Social Work Practice and Culture Work

Recently, my social work practice has included serving as director of the Native Youth Enrichment Program with the UW Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (2009-2010) and as a program evaluator and social media consultant with the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development (2008-2009).

Participating in local arts, music and dance events, collectives and communities such as Ecstatic Dance Seattle, Burning Man, and Seattle Fandango Project over the past decade has profoundly transformed my thinking about embodiment, personal healing, community building, and local and transnational activism. In turn, this ongoing iterative educational process informs my scholarship and social work practice as well as my teaching.