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Ph.D. Candidate Profile


Joel Izlar

MSW, University of Georgia, 2012
BA, Georgia Southern University, 2007

Joel Izlar's research focuses on the interection between community organization, social welfare, and mutual aid.  He has nearly a decade of experience in community organization, and received a Bachelor's in History, and a Masters in Social Work with a focus on Community Organization.  His background includes working as a community service coordinator for court mandated volunteers, a case manager with people facing food insecurity, a program director of a meal assistance program serving low-income seniors of color, a program director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the digital divide in low-income communities of color, as well as an organizer with a number of community causes focused on direct action, poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, the digital divide, and econonmic justice. Most recently, Izlar served as a program coordinator for an emergency community shelter serving those experiencing homelessness.  Izlar's research interests include community organization, social welfare, social policy, anti-authoritarian practice, feminist methods, and qualitative inquiry.  Izlar believes that long-term, project-based community organization that emphasizes autonomy and inclusion better serves communities and acts as a more reliable model for lasting social change than dominant models that emphasize top-down, short term organizing.

CV available on request; email