Jenny Afkinich, MSW
Jenny Afkinich received an undergraduate degree from Wofford College in 2010 and earned her MSW from the University of South Carolina in 2012. She then practiced social work with justice-involved youth as well as children and families exposed to violence. During her PhD program, she spent two years as a research assistant at the National Institute of Justice studying the impact of violence exposure on children. She has also had the opportunity to conduct research on school violence, policies pertaining to DNA collection, and social work leadership. She was selected as a UMB President’s Fellow for the 2018-2019 school year to study the root causes of gun violence and The University of Maryland Baltimore’s role as an anchor institution in addressing gun violence. Jenny was the inaugural recipient of UMB SSW’s Grand Challenges Dissertation Fellowship, and she is currently working on her dissertation focusing on the role of social workers in reducing disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system.
MSW, University of South Carolina
BA, Wofford College
Dissertation Title: Social workers and disproportionate minority contact: A mixed methods study
Research Interests: juvenile and criminal justice; disproportionate minority contact; social work practice in justice systems; violence perpetration and prevention
Teaching Interests: social work practice with individuals, families, or groups; social work theory; psychopathology; mixed methods research; social justice