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Justin D. Hodge

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work

Justin D. Hodge

Justin Hodge is a clinical assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan. He is the co-lead for the Policy & Political Social Work Pathway and the director of the Online Certificate in Political Social Work. Hodge is committed to increasing the presence of social workers in policy and political spaces. He teaches courses that provide students with the tools to engage in politics and approach policy work from a social justice perspective.

Hodge was elected to the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners in November 2020. As a county commissioner, he brings his social work perspective to addressing the most pressing problems facing Washtenaw County. Professor Hodge has a particular focus on addressing inequities in the county and promoting economic opportunity.

Nationally, Hodge serves as the director of education for the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy, which works to expand the participation of social workers in federal legislative and policy processes. As director of education, Hodge designs curricula on topics important for the field of social work to engage in, such as protecting democracy and criminal justice reform.

Hodge is dedicated to mental health and public health on both a policy and individual level. He has provided therapy to children and families, case management to individuals with developmental disabilities and has coordinated clinics for children in crisis. By leveraging his experiences as both a clinical and macro social work practitioner, Hodge aims to bridge the gap between the two for students. He feels strongly that all social workers should be involved in our democracy and works individually with students to help them find how their desired career can align with that.

Research Interests/Focus

Political social work, policy social work, social policy, voting rights, civic engagement, community organizing, community development, mental health, asset development, children’s savings accounts

Education

Year Degree   School
2013 MSW Interpersonal Practice/Community & Social Systems University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2012 BA Psychology and Asian/Japanese Studies University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Fall 2021

Course Catalog

Introduction to Social Work Practice SW590

Instructor: Justin D. Hodge
Time: Sept 11, 12 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: 3752 SSWB
Program Type: Residential
Format: In-Person
Credits: 1 Credit Hours

Methods for Socially Just Policy Analysis SW639

Instructor: Justin D. Hodge
Time: Thu 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Political Social Work SW640

Instructor: Justin D. Hodge
Time: Wed 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Program Type: Residential
Format: Online
Credits: 3 Credit Hours

Past Term Courses

Spring / Summer 2021

Course # Section Course Name
SW689 001 Social Work Capstone - Macro View Course
SW718 001 MasterTrack Skills Lab View Course

Spring 2021

Course # Section Course Name
SW305 101 Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change View Course

Winter 2021

Course # Section Course Name
SW638 002 Theories and Principles of Socially Just Policies View Course
SW640 001 Political Social Work View Course
SW742 001 Policy & Political Social Work Simulation Lab View Course

Fall 2020

Course # Section Course Name
SW504 019 Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work View Course
SW510 015 Share, Explore, Engage, Discover (SEED) Mini-course View Course
SW639 001 Methods for Socially Just Policy Analysis View Course
SW718 001 MicroMasters Skills Lab View Course

Spring / Summer 2020

Course # Section Course Name
SW671 001 Social Policy Development and Enactment View Course
SW674 001 Community-Based Policy Advocacy View Course
SW799 001 Advanced Topics in Macro Social Work View Course

Winter 2020

Course # Section Course Name
SW647 003 Policies and Services for Social Participation and Community Well-Being View Course
SW647 004 Policies and Services for Social Participation and Community Well-Being View Course

Fall 2019

Course # Section Course Name
SW504 015 Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work View Course
SW510 016 Share, Explore, Engage, Discover (SEED) Mini-course View Course
SW671 001 Social Policy Development and Enactment View Course
SW674 001 Community-Based Policy Advocacy View Course
SW799 004 Advanced Topics in Macro Social Work View Course

Spring / Summer 2019

Course # Section Course Name
SW611 001 Social Change Theories View Course
SW674 001 Community-Based Policy Advocacy View Course
SW799 007 Advanced Topics in Macro Social Work View Course

Winter 2019

Course # Section Course Name
SW305 001 Theories and Practices for Community Action and Social Change View Course
SW647 001 Policies and Services for Social Participation and Community Well-Being View Course
SW647 003 Policies and Services for Social Participation and Community Well-Being View Course

Fall 2018

Course # Section Course Name
SW504 007 Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work View Course
SW504 008 Diversity and Social Justice in Social Work View Course
SW611 001 Social Change Theories View Course
SW671 001 Social Policy Development and Enactment View Course

Spring / Summer 2018

Course # Section Course Name
SW611 001 Social Change Theories View Course

Winter 2018

Course # Section Course Name
SW633 005 Children and Youth Services and Social Policies View Course

Fall 2017

Course # Section Course Name
SW671 001 Social Policy Development and Enactment View Course

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