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Boston College School of Social Work

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Alberto Godenzi

Alberto Godenzi

Professor, Global Practice; Special Advisor to the President for Global Engagement

Alberto Godenzi, PhD, is Professor at Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW). From 2001-2016, he served as the eighth Dean of Boston College School of Social Work. Prior to working at Boston College, he was the director of the Bi-Lingual Department of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Professor Godenzi received his academic training in social psychology at the University of Zurich. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of violence against women and children. Professor Godenzi's studies on convicted and non-detected sexual offenders and his surveys on intimate partner violence contributed to changes in Swiss law.

Professor 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., Professor 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. Professor 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. For the past few years, he was area editor of Encyclopedia of Social Work Online. Since July, 2016, he serves as Special Advisor to the President for Global Engagement.