Giovanna (Odessa) Gonzalez Benson's research focuses on refugee resettlement. Her research expands current knowledge about policy and practice with refugees with an emphasis on labor equity, socioeconomic adjustment and organizations' participation as dimensions that prioritize refugee well-being. Through her dissertation, she examines policy-driven/refugee-driven resettlement and collected nationwide data about refugee placement and organizations, in collaboration with five refugee groups. She draws upon years of engagement with refugee communities, diverse work experiences and her personal path as a 1.5-generation immigrant, to inform and motivate her research. Gonzalez Benson also pursues theoretical work to integrate social work practice perspectives with refugee and migration studies and citizenship theory.
Refugee studies & social work with refugees; resettlement policy; community engaged research; policy analyses; citizenship theory; multiple methods; discourse analysis
|2017||PhD||University of Washington|
|2010||MSW||Community Organization||Arizona State University, Phoenix|
|2009||AS||Mental Health Services||Community College of the US Air Force|
|1999||BA||University of the Philippines|
Brown, M., Gonzalez Benson, O., Thompson, J., Keel, R., J. Porter & Mahoney, E. (2017). Seeking Northlake: Place, technology, and public as enabling constraints for urban transdisciplinary research. Cities, 60.
Gonzalez Benson, O. (2016). Refugee resettlement policy in an era of neoliberalization: A policy discourse analysis of the Refugee Act of 1980. Social Service Review, 90(3), 515-549.
Benson, O., Sun, F., Hodge, D. R. & Androff, D. (2012). Religious coping and acculturation stress among Bhutanese: A study of resettled refugees in the US. International Social Work, 55(4), 538-553.
Hodge, D. R., Lacasse, J. R., & Benson, O. (2011). Influential publications in social work discourse: 100 most highly cited articles: 2000-2009. British Journal of Social Work, 42(4).
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106