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Developing a human rights approach to strengthen practice


School of Social Work ready to learn about island life

Assistant Professor Jane McPherson appointed chair of the CSWE Committee on Human Rights

“Part of something bigger”: Social Work Day at the United Nations inspires BSW students

Jane McPherson and doctoral students attend 20th Biennial International Symposium of International Consortium for Social Development, Zagreb, Croatia

Dr. Jane McPherson discusses providing human rights training to social workers in China - Carter Center (video)

Incorporating social justice principles in Brazilian social work curriculum - Voices of Social Justice podcast

Judicial social workers get training in China

Global Social Work students create pinwheels for Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms program.

Jane McPherson

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Twitter: @janemcphers

Global Engagement

Teaching Specialties
Human rights & social work
Community practice
Direct practice
International social work
Migration & asylum

Research Interests
Human rights & social work
Motherhood & trauma
Survivors of torture & asylum seekers
Arts & activism
















Jane McPherson

Assistant Professor
Director, Global Engagement
Faculty Fellow, Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights

Ph.D. College of Social Work, Florida State University
M.S.W. School of Social Work, Columbia University
M.P.H. School of Public Health, Columbia University
B.A., Semiotics, Brown University

Jane McPherson’s work is focused at the intersection of social work and human rights. She is particularly interested in rights-based practices that address social inequalities and the unequal distribution of wealth, health, political power, and community wellness. Dr. McPherson organized the State of Florida for One Million Bones, an arts-activist, anti-genocide movement, which culminated in the laying of one million handmade bones on the National Mall in June 2013. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with over 20 years experience in the field. Motherhood, trauma, torture, and the special treatment needs of women have been her areas of clinical specialization. Her work has been global and local in scope, extending from rural Florida to New York City, Egypt and Brazil.

Selected publications

McPherson, J., Siebert, C.F., & Siebert, D.C. (2017). Measuring rights-based perspective: A validation of the Human Rights Lens in Social Work Scale. Journal of the Society for Social Work Research.

McPherson, J. (2016). Article 25 changed my life: How the Universal Declaration of Human Rights blew my mind & reframed my social work practice. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.

Berthold, S. Megan and McPherson, J. (2016). Commentary: Fractured Families: US Asylum Backlog Divides Parents and Children Worldwide. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, DOI 10.1007/s41134-016-0009-9

McPherson, J. & Cheatham, L.P. (2015). One Million Bones: Measuring the Effect of Human Rights Participation in the Social Work Classroom. Journal of Social Work Education, 51, 47-57.

McPherson,  J. (2015). You told me your story without words. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 28, 63-64.

McPherson, J. (2014). Human rights practice in social work: A U.S. social worker looks to Brazil for leadership. European Journal of Social Work, Vol. 18, Issue 4, Special Issue: “Traveling Knowledge in social work”

McPherson, J. & Mazza, N. (2014). Using arts activism and poetry to catalyze human rights engagement and reflection in social work education. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 33, 944-958