Dean’s Welcome

I am so privileged to be named the Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The Brown School has a rich tradition of excellence in social work, public health and social policy where passionate students, innovative faculty, and committed staff collaborate on problem-solving research and advancing interdisciplinary scholarship.

The Brown School is a leader among schools of social work and programs of public health because of its dedication to equity and impact. It is a place where our faculty, staff, students and alumni can do their best work locally, nationally and globally to work towards solving society’s greatest challenges. We are strongly committed to driving equity through rigorous science, transformative education and collaborative partnerships.

Our foundation is built on the strength of Washington University and the deep ties to the local and global communities we serve. Our current strategic plan Driving Equity 2030, aims to advance social, economic, health, environmental and racial justice. Whether you are a prospective student, an alumna, a researcher, a practitioner, or a community member, we welcome you to our community and invite you to join us in our work toward the elimination of social and health disparities in the St. Louis region, the nation, and the world.


Dorian Traube

Dean Traube

Meet Dorian Traube: Dean of the Brown School & Professor at Washington University in St. Louis


Our History

The Brown School was founded in 1925, and in 1937, Brown Hall was dedicated. It was named for George Warren Brown, the founder of the Brown Shoe Company in St. Louis, and generously funded by a bequest from his widow, Betty Bofinger Brown.

In 1945, the social work department became its own school, offering a Master of Social Work degree. We soon began a doctoral program and became the first school at Washington University to admit African-American students.

Over the ensuing decades, the School prospered and grew to become one of the top-ranked schools of social work in the nation, focused on evidence-based scholarship and impact. In 2008, we added a Master of Public Health degree, and in 2015, a PhD in Public Health Sciences. Also in 2015, the first cohort started for our Master of Social Policy (MSP) dual degree, created in partnership with several universities in China. It is now a dual-degree option for domestic students as well. The Clark-Fox Policy Institute launched in 2017, furthering the School’s commitment to engage in the creation of evidence-based policy solutions.

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Our Vision

A better and more equitable society.

Our Mission

To engage multidisciplinary faculty, staff and students to create a better and more equitable society through leading rigorous science, transformative education and authentic partnerships.

About Washu

Founded in 1853, Washington University in St. Louis is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research and boasts highly ranked schools of Social Work, Medicine, Business and Law. It is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The university draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and approximately 130 nations.

School Administration

Associate Deans
Assistant Deans
Academic Directors
Dean Dorian Traube
Siomari Collazo Colon
Jennifer Harpring
Angela Hobson
Melissa Jonson-Reid
Gary Parker
Fred Ssewamala
Lindsay Stark
Vetta Thompson
Jamie Adkisson-Hennessy
Ragini Maddipati
Jewel Stafford
Cynthia D. Williams
Shenyang Guo
Patrick Fowler