Kerry Dunn

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Kerry Dunn

Office Location:Xavier Hall - Room 339

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Social Welfare and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, 2003
  • J.D., Rutgers University, School of Law-Newark, 1999
  • B.A., Liberal Arts, Evergreen State College, 1991

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Criminal and juvenile legal systems
  • Macro practice: community, agency, and policy change
  • Interprofessional practice, teamwork, and groupwork
  • Study of teaching and learning
  • Qualitative and participatory research methods


Dr. Kerry Dunn is Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Department of Social Work at Pacific Lutheran University. She over 20-years of experience doing legal, counseling, and education work with people in jails and prisons, including death row. She is fully committed to the professional values outlined in the NASW Code of ethics, particularly social justice, the importance of human relationships, and the inherent dignity and worth of the person. Kerry also prioritizes self-care in her own professional life and enjoys helping students to develop self-care tools that can sustain their social work practice long term. She emphasizes inclusive group process and models empowering social work practice in all of her classes. She has won teaching awards at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of New England.