Progressive Social Work Lab


Brittanie Atterbery Ash

Brittanie Atteberry Ash (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work. Dr. Ash has a BS in Human Services from Metropolitan State University of Denver, an MSW from the University of Michigan, and received her PhD in social work from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Brittanie uses research on LGBTQ populations as an exemplar for understanding the dynamics and processes of oppression in communities, and social work practice and education, she is committed to promoting social justice and inclusion across contexts. Her work relies heavily on an intersectional lens to deepen the discipline’s understanding of risk and resilience among people who live at the crossroads of marginalized identities. Brittanie also focuses on promoting justice and inclusion within classroom and field education experiences, identifying strategies for educators to more fully integrate a critical social justice lens into their pedagogy and field supervision of students. Believing in the power of social work education to transform students into practitioners dedicated to a just world, she is passionate about her work as a critical social work scholar advancing the discipline’s commitment to social justice.

Darren Cosgrove

Darren Cosgrove (he/him) is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work at Miami University. Darren earned his Ph.D and MSW from the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare. Prior to his graduate studies, Darren spent 15 years working with LGBTQAI+ youth as a sexuality educator and community organizer. Since obtaining his MSW, Darren has offered clinical services to both older adults in substance use recovery and LGBTQAI+ individuals and families. Darren uses arts-based methodologies and participatory action research to work in partnership with transgender and nonbinary communities to explore identity development, affirmation and social stigma.

M. Killian Kinney

M. Killian Kinney, MSW, LSW (they/them) is a doctoral candidate and associate faculty at Indiana University. They are a queer, white, currently able-bodied, neurodiverse, nonbinary person whose research and teaching exemplifies a reciprocal relationship between social work pedagogy and community-driven research to improve the lives of marginalized individuals and promote social justice. As a practitioner, their experience spans multidisciplinary gender health programming with adolescents, therapeutic groups with nonbinary adults, and LGBTQIA consultation and training. Their research centers on transgender and nonbinary populations regarding health equity, policy implications, and wellbeing. They co-chair of the CSWE Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) and have published an edited book titled, Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities: Voice for Equity, Inclusion, and Resilience. Mx. Kinney’s practice and scholarship history demonstrate leadership to strengthen affirming practice, promote inclusive policy, and prepare emergent social workers to work alongside communities.

Keith Miller

Keith Miller (he/him) is a Ph.D. candidate and adjunct faculty at Indiana University School of Social Work. He engages in community-based research and policy advocacy integrating evidence from social epidemiology and social capital. In practice and teaching, he methodologically identifies social problems tailoring organizational, community intervention, and policy to address 'causes-of-causes'. Keith's research also incorporates pedagogical approaches to teach macro social work identifying motivations for students to engage in practices that challenge and transform social structures. Keith is currently employed at Pathway LLC where he provides consulting and program management. Most notably, he has provided statistical analysis and policy development in partnership with the Indiana Council of Community Mental Centers and Division of Mental Health and Addiction.

Lindsay LIttrell

Lindsay Littrell is an educator and emerging scholar pursuing a Ph.D. in social work with a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. With roots in the labor movement and macro social work practice, she is driven by her passion for collective liberation and the building of beloved community.

Ms. Littrell’s research centers at the intersection of well-being and social change, focusing grassroots activists, those engaged in collective action in order to dismantle the systems that oppress them. Her transnational feminist qualitative research explores implications for social work education and practice related to the well-being of such individuals and communities and, relatedly, to concerns of sustained, strengthened movements for justice and liberation.

Lindsay is a 2018 curriculum fellowship recipient from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Her article "How Can Civil Resistance/Social Work Integration Enhance Social Change" was selected as one of ten editors' picks for the ICNC Minds of the Movement Blog as one of '20 Key Civil Resistance Stories to Refocus for “20-20” Vision in New Decade.'

Ms. Littrell's transdisciplinary work has been selected for inclusion at the National Women's Studies Association annual conference for the second year in a row. The theme of the 2019 conference was "Protest, Justice and Transnational Organizing" and Lindsay's paper was titled "Solidary Layers" An Authoethnographic Investigation of Inside/Outside Solidarity Building on a US to Palestine No Bans No Walls Delegation." The (postponed amidst pandemic) 2020 conference theme is "The Poetics, Politics, and Praxis of Transnational Feminisms" and Lindsay's paper is titled "With, Not For: Transnational Feminist Social Work with Grassroots Activists Toward Well-Being and Movement Sustainability."

Allen Ratliff

G. Allen Ratliff (he/they), MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, finishing their doctorate in May 2021. In August 2021, Allen will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work at Miami University in Ohio. Prior to starting the PhD program at UC Berkeley, Allen worked in Chicago with young people experiencing homelessness, queer and transgender young people, and young people involved in sexual economies. Allen’s research is focused on social-ecological factors that contribute to violence against young people, specifically queer and transgender young people and young people experiencing homelessness. Their scholarship is informed by critical, feminist, queer, and poststructural theories of power. Allen’s dissertation is a social-ecological life history analysis of violence and gender during childhood and adolescence in young transgender and nonbinary people. Allen serves as the Project Director for SFYEAH, a Youth Participatory Action Research study examining the places of safety, violence, and resources in the daily lives of young people experiencing homelessness. Using qualitative and spatial methodologies, Allen’s research aims to inform policies and practices that can improve the health and wellbeing of marginalized young people and their families.