Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff Directory

Keith Green

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Office #:  Maguire Hall 524

Phone: 312-915-6744


Mission In Action

There are very few places in the world where marginalized people can go to truly find refuge. As such, I believe that social workers have an obligation to not only aim for doing the maximum good within the communities that we serve, but we must also go out of our way to bring no harm to them. I ground my research, teaching, and service in this philosophy. I engage in research with marginalized communities to ensure that their voices are always in the foreground. In the classroom, I strive to mirror the safe spaces that I hope students will go on to create for the people that they will ultimately serve. And my own service, to both the University and to the community-at-large, is never anything short of a labor of love. I do what I love and I love what I do!  


Dr. Green is a native Chicagoan with strong community roots and an extensive history as an organizer, educator, researcher, and advocate. He graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, where he was also named a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. From there, he earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specific focus on the needs of people living with severe and persistent mental illness. Prior to earning a PhD in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago, Dr. Green served as an associate editor for Positively Aware magazine and as director of federal affairs for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. He is an award-winning spoken word artist and was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame by Mayor Raum Emmanuel in 2012.

Program Areas

  • Community organizing
  • Ethnic and sexual minority health
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Intervention design and evaluation
  • Implementation science
  • Nonprofit leadership development

Research Interests

  • The role of community-based organizations in the biomedical HIV prevention movement
  • Culturally-appropriate models for addressing methamphetamine addiction among Black gay and bisexual men
  • Increasing social and political capital among Black-led nonprofit organizations

Professional & Community Affiliations

Task Force Community and Prevention Services
Board Chair

Wieboldt Foundation
Board Member

Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum
Executive Committee Member

Gilead Sciences North American Community Advisory Group

Howard Brown Health Center
South Side Community Advisory Group Member

Courses Taught

Undergraduate courses

  • SOWK 200 Introduction to Social Work

Graduate courses

  • SOWK 506 Research Methods for Social Workers