"Beyond Marriage" 10 Years Later
Dr. Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work Department at Seattle University.
Dr. DeFilippis has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level at Seattle University, Portland State University, Fordham University, and Hunter College School of Social Work. His teaching is focused on social welfare policy, social justice, community organizing, social movements, macro social work practice, marriage politics, LGBT communities, sexuality, political economy, and family law and policy.
Dr. DeFilippis spent years doing volunteer work as a welfare-rights organizer. Then, from 1999-2003, he served as the Director of SAGE/Queens, an organization for LGBT senior citizens. In 2003, Joseph became the founding director of Queers for Economic Justice, an organization working with low-income and homeless LGBT people, and led the organization for six years. He has also served on (and as a member of the Steering Committees for) two major activist coalitions in New York State: The Welfare Reform Network (1999-2002) and the NYS LGBT Health and Human Services Network (1995-2005).