Dr. Carrie Lanza joins the faculty as a full-time lecturer at the School of Social Work after several years of serving as a part-time lecturer as well as eight years of teaching at the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). At the UWB School of Nursing & Health Studies, she co-developed and taught within the innovative, community-engaged undergraduate minor program in Health Education and Promotion as well as courses on health equities and global health. During six years at the UWB School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, she taught content regarding research methods, social inequalities, institutions, social change and a course introducing students to social work via community service learning. Lanza also developed and taught two courses with Diana Garcia-Snyder, MFA, regarding participatory dance as a social technology for personal and community healing, resilience and resistance. She has strong commitments to international education and has developed and led two study abroad programs, both of which explored the impacts of globalization and neoliberal policies on local communities, including indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico and migrant populations in Spain. Her orientation to teaching is grounded in principles of critical pedagogy, interdisciplinarity and community-engaged praxis.
Lanza’s research historically and contemporarily explores the integration of media and the arts with social work research, practice and pedagogy. Her dissertation took a Foucauldian genealogical lens to exploring the 1907–1908 Pittsburgh Survey as a forbear of contemporary, place-based, community-engaged research and practice approaches. A second line of inquiry explores participatory arts practices as strategies for building community capacity and addressing social isolation.
Her practice has spanned clinical experience in community and maternal/infant mental health as well as administrative practice in early childhood intervention, community-engaged medical education, and academic pipeline programs. As a member of several local participatory art collectives, including Womxn Who Rock: Making Scenes, Building Communities and the Seattle Fandango Project, she has also annually co-produced many events and media projects. All of her experience in working across diverse communities and a variety of organizations and institutions anchor and enliven her classroom teaching.
Lanza received her PhD in social welfare at University of Washington, her MSW from University of Michigan, and a BA in cultural anthropology from Ohio University.