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Shannon R. Lane Yeshiva University, New York, USA

Shannon R. Lane, LMSW, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.  She began her political career working for the United States Senate, where she was hired as a staff member for Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle while still an undergraduate at the George Washington University.  She received her MSW from the University of Michigan and returned to Capitol Hill to work for Senators Daschle, Pryor, and Nelson.  Since 2004, she has been affiliated with the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.  She has worked with the Humphreys Institute to coordinate the Campaign School for Social Workers, a two-day training that has trained more than 1,200 social work students and professionals from around the country to run for political office and hold leadership positions in political settings.  She earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and has taught social work policy, macro practice, and research at Yeshiva, Sacred Heart University, Adelphi University, and the University of Connecticut.  She advocates on issues such as health care access and gender based violence at the federal, state, and local levels.  Shannon shares her passion for political action by researching strategies to increase the political involvement of social workers and underserved populations, and has won national awards for her research on effective teaching of policy and voter engagement. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Social Policy and Research.  She is a member of the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education with the Council on Social Work Education.  Shannon currently serves as Deputy Registrar of Voters in Bethany, Connecticut.  She and Suzanne Pritzker, PhD, are the authors of Political Social Work: Using Power to Create Social Change (2018, Springer Publishing).