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Stephen McGarity

Dr. Stephen McGarity

Stephen McGarity, PhD
Assistant Professor


  • BA, University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • MSW, PhD, University of Georgia

Research Interests:

  • Disabilities
  • Poverty
  • Economic justice
  • Homelessness
  • Social policy
  • Non-profit management
  • Program evaluation

Courses Taught:

  • Social Work and Social Welfare Policies and Programs (SW 510))
  • Advanced Organizational Theory and Practice (SW 547)

Personal Statement

Dr. McGarity joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in Fall 2018. He received his M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His research around poverty and disability is motivated by his post-M.S.W. experience helping individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. McGarity is focused on increasing financial opportunities and financial access for all people with disabilities through community, state, and federal partnerships. Additionally, his research looks at how poverty in the U.S. is perpetuated at individual, cultural, and institutional levels.