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Megan Morrissey

Associate Director, School of Social Work, Director, M.S.W. Program, Lecturer and Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.S.W., University of Minnesota

Social Work, Sch Of
105 PetH

1404 Gortner Ave
Tel: 612-624-4210

Areas of Interest

Social Welfare History with Focus on the Emergence of the Profession in the Second Generation, Welfare Rights Organizations, Community Development and Organizing


My role in the School of Social Work is primarily an administrative one. I am the Associate Director of the School and the Director of the School’s Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) Program. I teach in the area of social welfare history and policy, at both the master’s level and the doctoral level. My primary area of interest has been in social welfare history, looking particularly at the evolution of the profession, as well as at the development of social movements for welfare rights. I have also taught in the area of community development and policy advocacy.

Research Interests

Research Interests

  • Currently using the administrative records of the Children's Protective Society of Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Council of Social Agencies to understand the transition in child welfare services from a private to a public concern in the era following the enactment of mothers' pensions.
  • The role of the social survey in shaping a system of social services in Minneapolis during the 1930s and 1940s.

Selected Publications

  1. Morrissey, M. H., & Reinardy, J. R. (1999). Choosing a strategy with RSM properties. In K. Strom-Gottfried (Ed.), Social work practice: An applied learning guide (pp. 300-307). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

  2. Reinardy, J. R. ,& Morrissey, M. (1999). Group decision making process: Nominal group technique. In K. Strom-Gottfried (Ed.), Social work practice: An applied learning guide (pp. 179-181). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

  3. Morrissey, M. H. (1995) The Downtown Welfare Advocate Center: A case study of welfare rights organization. In J. Rothman, J. L. Erlich, J. E. Tropman, & F. M. Cox (Eds.), Strategies of community intervention: Macro practice (5th ed., pp. 357-369). Itasca, IL: F. E. Peacock.