Rodriguez, Maria Y. | MSW | PhD

Assistant Professor
Phone: (212) 396-7781
Office: 441
Areas of Expertise:
Algorithmic Decision Making in Human Services
Demography (CIDR Faculty affiliate)
Computational Social Science
Social Media for Social Work Research
Community organizing
Federal Housing Policy

Ph.D., University of Washington, School of Social Work
M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice

Social Welfare Policy and Services I
Community Organizing I
Community Organizing II

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Rodriguez, M. Y., Ostrow, L., & Kemp, S. P. (2016). Scaling Up Social Problems: Strategies for Solving
Social Work’s Grand Challenges. Research on Social Work Practice, DOI: 1049731516658352.

Rodriguez, M. Y., De Candia, T. & Pree, L.. (2017, December) “Evaluating Predictive Algorithms
for Racial Equity: A Case Study of the NYC Administration for Children’s Services”. White paper
for the Workshop on Trustworthy Algorithmic Decision-Making, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.

Rodriguez, Maria Y. (2014). “¿Podemos Darnos el Lujo del Sueño Americano? Can we afford the
American Dream?” University of Minnesota: Hubert Project. Url:

Rodriguez, M.Y. & Shelton, J. Social Media and Social Work. (Accepted: Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work)


Dr. Rodriguez’ current research focuses on two main areas:

  • Understanding the impacts of algorithmic decision-making in human services (with particular attention to racially marginalized groups)

  • Using Twitter data to understand the lived experience of marginalized communities in the United States as amplified by digitally networked social movements