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Rosemary Barbera, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
Chair and Program Director, Social Work

Areas of Expertise:

Community organizing and community social work Community rebuilding after trauma Human rights social movements International and national human rights


Ph.D., Social Work, Bryn Mawr College
MSS, Bryn Mawr College
M.A., Religion and Theology, La Salle University
B.A., Religion, La Salle University


Rosemary Barbera, Ph.D., has been working in human rights since the 1980s in the U.S. and Latin America. Her research examines the role memory plays in post-dictatorship society, community/vicarious resilience after disaster, and building human rights social movements.

Barbera is on the National Steering Committee of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, the CSWE Commission on Global Social Work Education, the CSWE Committee on Human Rights, and SW CAREs – Social Work Coalition for Anti-Racist Educators. She has also worked with Juntos/Casa de los Soles in Philadelphia, the Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos, and the Junta de Vecinos Concierto y Cultura in Santiago, Chile.