Suzanne E England

Professor of Social Work
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Areas of Expertise

Aging, dementia, memory, policy narrative, social media in social work, and leadership and practical ethics in nonprofits.


Suzanne England served as dean of the Silver School of Social Work at NYU from November 2001 through August 2009. Prior to coming to NYU, she was dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University for seven years. During her tenure at NYU, the Silver School of Social Work grew both academically and financially. The School added new faculty, developed the School's Poverty Agenda, and founded its Department of Lifelong Learning and Professional Development. In 2007, the School was renamed the Silver School of Social Work in honor of a multi-million dollar gift from NYU alums Constance and Martin Silver.

While at Tulane, Professor England oversaw the complete reformulation of the MSW program, resulting in an innovative program focusing on race, poverty, and community-based clinical practice that positioned the School for its central role in Tulane’s post-Katrina Academic Renewal Plan.

Before joining Tulane, Professor England was associate dean for academic affairs at the College of Associated Health Professions at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her social work career spans nearly 35 years, encompassing direct practice in Head Start, parent education, community and program development, health promotion and disease prevention, teaching, higher education administration, and research.

Professor England’s current scholarly interests include the use of new media in professional education, memory studies, discursive therapeutic practices, narrative inquiry, critical gerontology, and the medical humanities. Her publishing and presentation activities span the areas of popular culture, age studies, narrative, and most recently, cyberculture and digital memory. Professor England and her colleague, Professor of English Martha Rust, were recently awarded a National Endowment of the Humanities Enduring Questions Grant for their course, What is Memory?