Katharine Hill, MPP, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Katharine Hill, MPP, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor, BSW Program Director
BA, Macalester College
MPP, University of Minnesota
MSW, University of Minnesota
PhD, University of Minnesota
316 Summit Classroom Building - St. Thomas
(651) 962-5809
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

As social workers, we are ethically, legally, and professionally required to empower our clients and communities to make positive social change. My role as social work faculty is to educate students to become leaders, advocates, and change agents in their communities, using the knowledge, values, and skills that are the foundation of our profession.

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Macro practice and political social work
  • Community-based interventions for advocacy and civic engagement
  • Policies and services for children and youth with disabilities in the child welfare system
  • Social welfare policy
  • Research methods and program evaluation
  • Social service and nonprofit administration

In the News

Selected Publications & Presentations

Hill, K., Lane, S., Powers J., & Smith, T. (2018). From the Empire State to the North Star State: Implementing and evaluating voter engagement in the undergraduate classroom. Accepted for
publication in the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Hill, K. & Lightfoot, E. (2018) In Trejos-Castillo, E. & Trevino-Schafer, N. (ed). Youth with disabilities in foster care. Handbook of Foster Care. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Semanchin-Jones, A., Kim, J.R., Hill, K., & Diebold, J. (2018) Voluntary Placements in Child Welfare: A Comparative Analysis of State Statutes. Children and Youth Services Review. 88 (May), 387-395. DOI:

Hill, K. Abramovitz, M., Lewis, B., McClendon, G., Mizrahi, T., Okuda, K., & Smith, T. (2018, November). Voting is Social Work: The National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign (Hot Topic Presentation; Panel participant). 2018 Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Orlando, Florida.

Donaldson, L., Hill, K., & Fogel, S. (2018, November). Working together: Micro and macro social workers for social justice. 2018 Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education. Orlando, Florida.

Hill, K., Lane, S., Hubley, D., & Smith, T. (2018, June). Notes from the Field: Social Work’s Important Role in Voter Turnout (Roundtable). Policy Conference 2.0: The Next Twenty Years. St. Louis, Missouri.

Hill, K. (2018, June). Using specification grading to foster student engagement and empowerment in policy practice. Policy Conference 2.0: The Next Twenty Years. St. Louis, Mo.

See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SOWK 391 - 01 Social Policy for Change - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 106

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1330 - 1510


MCH 106

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40624 (View in ClassFinder)

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Katharine M. Hill

This course equips students to understand and critically analyze current and past social policies. Policy alternatives are explored with a focus on the values and attitudes as well as the societal, economic and political dynamics from which they originate. Roles and responsibilities of citizens and professionals in formulating and implementing policies responsive to actual social needs are addressed. Prerequisite: SOWK 281/2810 or consent of the Program Director SOWK 391/3910 is the same course as SOWK 3910/391 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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