Dr. Thomas R. Lawson

Professor, Director of the International Studies Program

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Dr. Lawson’s research/service over the past 20 years has focused on two primary areas:

  • Assisting in the development of social work education and service in other countries
  • Analysis and comparison of social and health policy in the global context.

His most recent research has been in the area of health disparities and illness in minority groups and the development of a model of welfare that includes not only political and economic aspects but also social, cultural and historical factors.  He consults globally with scientific academies, universities, governmental agencies and international organizations with regard to social work education, and issues concerning social and health policy.

He serves as a scientific reviewer for publications of the Institute for Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Science and is a reviewer for the International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy. In addition, Dr. Lawson teaches Comparative International Social Policy at the MSSW and BSW level, and doctoral classes in research, statistics and theory.

Dr. Lawson is a retired Army Social Work Officer who developed and is the coordinator of the Military Social Work Specialization.

His research interests include international social work and international social and health policy.