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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Breanne Grace, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-9911
Office: Hamilton 127
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Breanne Grace


Professor Breanne Grace joined the College of Social Work faculty in 2013.

Grace’s research interests include international migration, humanitarian aid and international development. Her current research project as principal investigator examines how refugees pursue rights within resettlement and local integration contexts and compares where refugees access rights with how governments plan and implement rights access. Most of her work is in East African refugee camps, although she also has several projects examining refugee resettlement and programs for unaccompanied immigrant minors requesting asylum at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Grace’s research has been funded by Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright, Andrew Mellon Foundation, US Department of State, as well as local foundations and internal sources. Grace’s work has been published in sociological, social work, interdisciplinary, and area studies journals, including the Journal of Refugee Studies and Children and Youth Service Review. In addition to scholarly publications and conferences, Grace has also presented her work at the United Nations High Commissioner for Research’s Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to stakeholders in the Tanzanian government, and to members of US government, including Congress.  

In the Columbia community, Grace is a board member on the South Carolina State Refugee Stakeholders Board. She also serves as a volunteer translator and interpreter in Swahili and Kizigula for Carolina Survivors Clinic and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

Grace received a bachelor’s degree in political science and American studies from Saint Olaf College. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Michigan State University, Department of Sociology. Grace has been recognized for her teaching with several awards, including a Carolina Hero Award for the intersection of research and policy, the University of South Carolina Student Government Multicultural Affairs Committee Teaching Award in 2017, and the BSW Teacher of the Year Award in 2018. Across the USC campus, Grace is a faculty associate for the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, the Rule of Law Collaborative, African Studies Program and Global Islamic Studies Program. She was named a Maxcy House International Faculty Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year.

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