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Boston College School of Social Work

Alberto Godenzi

Alberto Godenzi

Professor, Global Practice
Dean, Boston College School of Social Work

Alberto Godenzi, PhD, is Dean and Professor at Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW). He joined Boston College in 2001 as the eighth Dean of the School of Social Work. Prior to working at Boston College, he served as director of the Bi-Lingual Department of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Dean Godenzi received his academic training in interpersonal violence and gender research at the University of Zurich and the University of New Hampshire. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of violence against women and children. Dean Godenzi's studies on convicted and non-detected sexual offenders and his surveys on intimate partner violence contributed to changes in Swiss law regarding rape in marriage.

Dean Godenzi has published several books and many journal articles in four different languages. He has received significant funding from private and public institutions in Europe and the United States. Due to his expertise in the field of gender-based violence and conflict studies, he served as vice president of the Swiss Federal Commission on Equality for Women and Men, the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists for Combating Violence Against Women, the Committee of the Social Sciences to the European Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research, and the Commission for the Protection of Children of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Since joining social work education in the U.S., Dean Godenzi has served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), its Strategic Planning Task Force, and its Executive Committee. In 2011, he chaired the National Search Committee for the President of CSWE. Dean Godenzi was secretary general of the International Consortium for Social Development and president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work. Currently, he is area editor of Encyclopedia of Social Work Online.