"I view my research as a form of activism, and I love the cross-cultural aspects of research. My goal is to prepare students with a global perspective so they can advance social justice and human rights and to connect my research and teaching to the promotion of social change."
Child welfare policy and practice; family policy; youth development; immigration and transnational issues
Filomena M. Critelli, LCSW, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Social Work. She received a Master’s in Social Work from the University at Buffalo and her PhD in Social Welfare from the University at Albany. She is also co-director of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement. Prior to entering academia she developed extensive experience in social work, ranging from casework, community organizing, supervision, training, grant writing and senior management in diverse communities and organizations in New York City that stimulated an interest in social welfare from a global perspective. She teaches courses in social welfare policy, community social work and international social welfare. Her research is focused on women’s rights and gender-based violence in domestic as well as international contexts and child welfare and child rights. Another area of research is devoted to human rights of immigrants and refugees and global migration.
Critelli is a 2014 recipient of a Research and Teaching Fellowship from the American Institute for Pakistan Studies to examine NGO strategies to address gender based violence in Pakistan. She is also developing a study abroad program in Italy focused on global migration that will be launched next year.