Dr. Juliana West
Position: Assistant Professor
InterestsDr. Juliana West is Co-Director and Co-Founder of Critical Cross-border Conversations (CCC) Research Group. Her research and scholarship focuses on examining social work discourse, research, education, and practice through anti-oppression and anti-privilege frameworks at the personal, cultural (discourse, media, ideology), and structural (institutionalized) levels. Her 2014 dissertation: The Role of Social Work in Contemporary Colonial and Structurally Violent Processes: Speaking to Aboriginal Social Workers who had Child Welfare and/or Criminal Justice Involvement as Youth, examined how social work treats Indigenous peoples as recipients of social work services, as social work students, and as social work professionals. Her current research looks at how social work education attracts, supports, and graduates Indigenous students. Her forthcoming book with Bob Mullaly on anti-oppressive and anti-privilege theory and practice is in press with Oxford University Press and will be released in Fall 2017.
Research InterestsCritical theories and methodologies, anti-oppressive and anti-privilege theories and practice, structural social work, critical race theory, critical feminist theories, critical post modernism, critical criminology, critical pedagogy, institutional ethnography, critical discourse analysis, criminalization, contemporary colonialism, child welfareization, structural violence, prison industrial complex, risk discourse, governmentality.
EducationPh.D. in Social Work, 2014
The Role of Social Work in Contemporary Colonial and Structurally Violent Processes: Speaking to Aboriginal Social Workers who had Child Welfare and/or Criminal Justice Involvement as Youth.
University of Manitoba
Master of Social Work, 1997
University of Calgary
Bachelor of Social Work, 1996
University of Calgary
Bachelor of Arts, 1991
Double Major in International Political Science and German Philosophy
University of Calgary
Mullaly, B. & West J. (in press, 2017). Challenging oppression and confronting privilege: A critical approach to anti-oppressive and anti-privilege theory and practice.(3rd ed.). Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. (Invited co-author)
West, J. & Murphy, J. (under review). Justice for whom: Relevance of and risk posed by criminal justice policy for marginalized peoples. In R. Harding, D. Jeyapal & C. Walmsley (Eds.) (2018). Canadian social policy for social workers. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. (Invited peer reviewed abstract accepted. Chapter submitted May 2017)
West, J. (2014). The role of social work in contemporary colonial and structurally violent processes: Speaking to Aboriginal Social Workers who had Child Welfare and/or Criminal Justice involvement as youth. Winnipeg, MB: U Manitoba http://mspace.lib.umanitoba.ca/handle/1993/23854
Employment HistoryAssistant Professor. School of Social Work and Human Services, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. 2014 to present.
Sessional Instructor. Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. 2007 to 2014.
Faculty Liaison. Faculty of Social Work. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. 2006 to 2014
University of Manitoba, BSW Program, 2006-2014.
University of Calgary, BSW, MSW, MEd Programs. 1996-2006.
Mount Royal University, Social Work Program, 2000-2005.
University of Victoria, BSW Program, 2002-2003.
Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary, Executive Director, Program Coordinator, Psychotherapist, 1996-2006
Courses TaughtThompson Rivers University, Bachelor of Social Work Program
Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations SOCW 3590
Field Practice SOCW 3040
Aboriginal Decolonizing Social Work Practice SOCW 4540
Educating for Social Change SOCW 4520
University of Manitoba, Master of Social Work Program
Theoretical Foundations of Social Service Administration SWRK 7400
University of Manitoba, Bachelor of Social Work Program
Feminist Perspectives on Social Work Practice and Social Welfare Policy SWRK 4210
Introduction to Social Work Practice SWRK 3140
Family Violence SWRK 4200 T05
Substance Misuse SWRK 4200/4300 T09
University of Manitoba, Aboriginal Futures Program
Addictions: Social Problems and Social Work Practice SWRK 4070
Professional AffiliationsCo-Director, Co-Founder Critical Cross-border Conversations (CCC) Research Group: A transformative knowledge platform committed to the creation and dissemination of critical theory and interdisciplinary socially transformative research.
BC Association of Social Workers(BCASW)
BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW)