Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Varner Hall, Room 518
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
512 Varner Hall
(248) 370-2371

Jen Bowles

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Jennifer Bowles, MSW, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Social Work
510 A Varner

PhD Cultural Anthropology University of Michigan 2015
MSW University of Michigan 2006
JD University of Texas at Austin 2000

Research Interests
International Social Work, Clinical Social Work, Community Organizing, Labor & Workers’ Rights, Mental Health, Immigration, Law & Social Work, Poverty Law, Latin America, Latino/a Families, Substance Abuse & Recovery, Critical Agrarian Studies, Environmental Justice, Food Security, Vulnerable Populations & Cultural Competence, Women’s Studies, Qualitative Methods, and Mindfulness and Spirituality

Selected Publications
2016 Recovery Poets, Recovery Workers: Labor and Place in the Dialogical Way-Finding of Homeless Addicts in Therapy. Anthropology of Consciousness, 27:1, pp. 51-74.

2010 “Don’t Forget Me”: Cultivating a Politics of Trust with Rural Workers in the Hinterlands of Northeast Argentina. Collaborative Anthropologies, 3:143-54.s:

Courses Taught
SW 3302 Social Welfare Policies
SW 3101 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SW 3203 Fundamentals of Social Work Practice