Suzanne E. England

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Areas of Expertise

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


Suzanne England is a Professor at NYU Silver. Dr. England’s 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. Her 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. Dr. England’s publishing and presentation activities span the areas of popular culture, age studies, narrative, and most recently, cyberculture and digital memory. Dr. 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?

Dr. England served as Dean of the Silver School from 2001-2009. During her tenure at NYU, the School grew both academically and financially; she 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 Constance and Martin Silver.

Prior to coming to NYU, Dr. England was Dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University. While at Tulane, she 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, Dr. England was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the College of Associated Health Professions at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. England received her PhD and MSW from the University of Illinois, and her BS from the University of Pittsburgh. She also has an MBA from the Executive MBA Program at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.