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Lisa Reyes Mason

Dr. Lisa Reyes Mason

Lisa Reyes Mason, PhD
PhD Program Director and Associate Professor


  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSW, Washington University
  • PhD, Washington University

Research Interests:

  • Climate change and social justice
  • Adaptation and mitigation policy
  • Social vulnerability and resource inequality

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Macro Social Work Practice (SW512)
  • Advanced Change Management and Policy Practice (SW548)
  • Research III: Funded Research Grant Writing (SW603

Biographical Statement

Dr. Lisa Reyes Mason studies climate change and social justice, with an emphasis on social vulnerability and inequality. Her work is transdisciplinary and community engaged. She collaborates regularly across disciplines including Engineering, Geography, and Public Health.

Dr. Mason’s current research includes public interest in green infrastructure, socially responsive stormwater management, access and response to severe weather warnings, and clean energy for all. She also co-edited the book People and Climate Change: Vulnerability, Adaptation, and Social Justice.

Dr. Mason has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She is a faculty fellow with the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and a national co-lead for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s grand challenge to Create Social Responses to a Changing Environment.