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Terri L. Friedline

Associate Professor of Social Work

Terri L. Friedline

Dr. Terri Friedline writes, organizes, and teaches about racial capitalism, technology and the financial system. She is an associate professor of social work at the University of Michigan and is the author of “Banking on a Revolution: Why Financial Technology Won’t Save a Broken System” (Oxford University Press). Friedline’s writing draws on critical theories and is inspired by abolitionist politics. Her recent writings focus on debt as racialized and gendered violence, credit scoring as a carceral practice and financial technology (“fintech”) as invasive infrastructure. Her academic research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, such as Social Service Review, Race and Social Problems, and Frontiers in Public Health, and her public writing has appeared in popular news magazines, such as Current Affairs, Ms., and The Intercept.

Friedline is active in policy. She has served as a member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Academic Research Council, has volunteered on the economic policy council of a presidential campaign, and has been endorsed by the Progressive Talent Pipeline. Friedline has presented her research before financial system regulators, provided written testimony to congressional committees, and served as an expert witness in discrimination lawsuits against banks.

Friedline holds a BSW from Messiah College and an MSW and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.

Research Interests/Focus

Racial capitalism, the financial system, technology, debt and abolition


Year Degree   School
2012 PhD Social Work University of Pittsburgh, PA
2005 MSW Community Organization & Social Administration University of Pittsburgh, PA
2004 BASW Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA

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