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Carol Cleaveland, PhD, LSW

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Biography

Dr. Carol Cleaveland is an associate professor in the Department of Social Work. She teaches Social Policy, Programs and Services, Advanced Clinical Practice, Psychopathology and Direct Practice I, Community Clinical Practice and Immigration Policy. Her scholarship seeks to explore the life experiences of vulnerable populations living in poverty, with emphasis on understanding how those afflicted by inequities in resource distribution make meaning of their lives and obtain resources to support families. Since 2005, her research has focused on Latino immigrants and community conflict in suburban communities. Dr. Cleaveland earned her PhD at Bryn Mawr College. Her university service includes development of courses for the MSW program and chairing the college's curriculum committee. 

University Service

  • Chair, Department Committee for Promotion, Tenure and Review. Department of Social Work, May 2018 through 2018-2019 Academic Year.
  • Member, George Mason University Faculty Senate, August 2013 to Present. Serving on the following committees: Operations and Organization, Grievance and Academic Appeals.
  • Department of Social Work Representative, CHHS Curriculum Committee, 2008 to Present. Chair, 2010 to 2012.
  • Chair, MSW Curriculum Committee, 2010 to 2012.
  • Associate Director of the Mason Project on Immigration, September 2008 to September 2009

Degrees

PhD, , Bryn Mawr College (2002)

MSS, , Bryn Mawr College (1994)

BA, Political Science and Print Journalism, American University (1980)

Research

Research Interests

  • Advocacy and undocumented immigrants
  • Welfare  

Select Publications

Cleaveland, C. & Frankenfeld, C. (2019). “They kill people over nothing:” An exploratory study of Latina immigrant trauma. Journal of Social Service Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2019.1602100

Cleaveland, C. & V. Kirsch. (2018). "They took all my clothes and made me walk naked for two days so I couldn’t escape": Latina immigrant experiences of human smuggling in Mexico. In press, Qualitative Social Workhttps://doi.org/10.1177/1473325018816362

Cleaveland, C. & D.L. Shutika. (2018). “Wouldn’t You Walk Away?:” Foreclosures and Homeowner Understandings.” Families In Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1044389418809779 

Cleaveland, C. (2017). How the immigration and deportation systems work: A social workers guide. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 44 (3), 55-78.

Matto, H. & Cleaveland, C. (2016). A social-spatial lens to examine poverty, violence and addiction. Manuscript accepted for publication in Social Work Practice In The Addictions, Special Issue on Violence.

Goodman, R. D., Vesely, C., Letiecq, B., & Cleaveland, C. (2016). Trauma and resilience among refugee and undocumented immigrant women. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Counseling & Development, Special Issue on Traumatology.

Cleaveland, C. (2013). 'I stepped over a dead body…': Latina immigrant narratives of immigration and poverty. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 23(1), p. 1-13.

Cleaveland, C. (2012). 'Mexico City North': Identity and anti-immigrant sentiment. Qualitative Social Work, 12(4), 270-288.

Cleaveland, C. & E. Ilhara. (2012). "They treat us like pests": Undocumented immigrant experiences obtaining health care in the wake of a "crackdown" ordinance, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 22, 771-788.

Cleaveland, C. (2011). Borders, police and jobs: Viewing Latino immigration through a social spatial lens, Families in Society, 92(2), 139-145.

Cleaveland, C. (2011). 'In this country, you suffer a lot:' Undocumented Mexican experiences, Qualitative Social Work, August 9, 2011, 1-21.

Cleaveland, C. (2010). The Mexicans and 'Us Gringos': A case study of activist work with unauthorized migrants, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 20(5), 637-657.

Cleaveland, C. (2010). “We are not criminals”: Social work advocacy and undocumented migrants, Social Work, 55(1), 74-81.

Cleaveland, C. & L. Pierson. (2009). Police, convenience stores and 'the bosses': Migrant tactics to find work. Ethnography, 10(4), 515-533.

Cleaveland C. & L. Kelly. (2009). Shared social space and strategies to find work: An exploratory study of Mexican day laborers in Freehold, N.J. Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order, 35(4), 51-65.

Cleaveland, C. (2008). Without wages of benefits: Disconnected TANF recipients' struggles to achieve agency. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 22(4), 321-333.

Cleaveland, C. (2008) 'A black benefit': A qualitative examination of racial prejudice among white welfare recipients in a low-income neighborhood. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 19(2), 71-91.

Youdin, R. & Cleaveland, C. (2006). Religious affiliation/non affiliation: A predictor of social work students' attitudes toward old poor people. Social Work Forum 39(3), 5-19.

Cleaveland, C. (2005), Menial labor: Its meaning and implications for welfare recipients. Arete, 28(2), 54-67.

Cleaveland, C. (2005). A desperate means to dignity: Work refusal amongst Philadelphia welfare recipients. Ethnography, 6(1), 35-60.

Books and Book Chapters

Cleaveland, C. (2017). Journeys Across The Border And Through The Legal System. In T. Maschi & G. Liebowitz (Eds.), Psychosocial and Legal Issues Across Diverse Settings (2nd ed.). NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Cleaveland, C. (2012). Family-Based Immigration: Counterpoint. In J. Gans & D. Tichenor (Eds.), Sage Debates on Immigration. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage.

Cleaveland, C. (2009). Calling Some ‘Illegal:’ Practice Considerations in Work with Undocumented Immigrants. In T. Maschi, M.L. Killian, C. Bradley, & K. Ward (Eds.), Collaborative Forensic Social Work Practice. NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Grants

"Training to Engage, Assess, and Motivate for Substance Use Prevention (TEAMS-UP)," U.S. Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration. 2016-2018. Role: Training Instructor. $31,818.

"Advanced Nursing Education Grants," U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Service Administration. Sutter, C. (Principal Investigator/Director), September 2014-May 2015. Role: Investigator. $339,067.

"Competitive Seed Grant Program," George Mason Office of the Provost. $1,310.

"Virginia's Changing Communities," Mason Project on Immigration and funding from George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Health and Human Services. 2009. $18,500.

"Grant-in-Aid of Creativity," Monmouth University Travel, Grants and Sabbaticals Committee. $2000.

Honors & Awards

Senior Faculty Master Teacher, 2016, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University

Senior Fellow, 2013, Urban Ethnography Project, Yale University Department of Sociology

Hathaway Award for Academic Excellence, 1997, Bryn Mawr College

Pennsylvania Bar Association 1991 Awards Competition, award for investigative reporting, Pennsylvania Bar Association

Award for Investigative Reporting, 1990, Philadelphia Society of Professional Journalists

American Bar Association 1989 National Awards Competition, award for investigative reporting, American Bar Association

New York State Associated Press Awards Competition 1984, award for excellence in features, New York State Associated Press Awards

American News Service, 1980 Award, American News Service

Kappa Tau Alpha Honors Society, 1980, Kappa Tau Alpha

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