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M. Candace Christensen

Associate Professor of Social Work

M. Candace Christensen

Dr. M. Candace Christensen (they/them) is an associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work.

Christensen’s research consists of a critical feminist approach to community engaged, qualitative and arts-based research methodologies that prevent and respond to gendered, racial and anti-LGBTQ+ violence. Christensen’s commitment to these approaches is grounded in their positionalities as Femme genderqueer, poly-sexual, artist-activist and survivor of sexual violence. Christensen’s career aim is to deconstruct paradigms and practices that perpetuate power-based violence and build cultures focused on self-determination, a sense of connection and mutual empowerment. Their recent work focuses on queer and trans youth development, specifically how organizations can foster joy, a sense of belonging and mutual empowerment for youth. Another key focus is using Photovoice for evaluation, as an intervention, and as a tool for educating social work students. Christensen also has experience using theatre of the oppressed to construct sexual violence prevention interventions. They are excited to continue with arts-based social justice research projects that prevent violence and build life-affirming cultures.

Christensen has experience with community-based theatre projects, activism focused on sexual violence prevention, queer liberation and racial justice, and helping students identify, implement and assess creative approaches to social work practice.

Christensen holds a BA in theatre and literature from the University of Texas at Dallas and an MSW and PhD from the University of Utah.


Year Degree   School
2012 PhD Social Work University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
2008 MSW University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
1997 BA Theater Studies and Literature University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX
Year Description
2024 U-M Public Engagement Faculty Fellow
2023 Society for Social Work Research Fellow
2021 Faculty Development Leave, University of Texas San Antonio
2018 President's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Texas San Antonio

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