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Neil Bilotta

Clinical Assistant Professor

Neil Bilotta, Ph.D.


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building


325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Neil Bilotta is a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Bilotta’s work explores social inclusion and culturally responsive ethics of social work. He is interested in the ways racism, colonialism, and Eurocentric power inform research methodologies and social work interventions with communities who face substantiated subjugation, most specifically forcibly displaced young people (refugees, asylum-seekers, etc.). He has worked with forcibly displaced young people in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, the United States, and Canada.

Bilotta’s work also explores how race and racism underpin mainstream theoretical and methodological prisms related to social work. He received his Ph.D. at McGill University and his MSW at Smith College School for Social Work.

Degrees and Licenses

Ph.D., McGill University School of Social Work
MSW, Smith College School for Social Work
MHS, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Primary Program

Global Engagement Office, Global Social Development Innovations Center

Research and Professional Interests

Decolonizing Research Methodologies
Refugee young people
Social Inclusion
Relational Ethics

Recent Publications

Bilotta, N. (2020). Anti-oppressive social work research: Prioritizing refugee voices in Kakuma refugee camp. Ethics and Social Welfare.

Bilotta, N., Fenning-Kissler, M., Denov, M., Bah, A., & Marchand, I.(2020). Assessing participatory research with children affected by armed conflict: Conceptual, methodological and ethical concerns. In M. Denov, C. Mitchell,  & M. Rabiau (Eds.). Children and families affected by war, displacement and migration: A tri-pillared approach. Rutgers University Press.

Bilotta, N. & Denov, M. (2018). Theoretical understandings of unaccompanied young people affected by war: Bridging divides and embracing local ways of knowing. British Journal of Social Work, 48(6), 1576–1593.

Bilotta, N. (2017). Uprooting the pumpkin: Neo-colonial therapeutic interventions with formerly abducted young people in northern Uganda. Children & Society, 30(5), 384-395.

Bilotta, N. (2017). Orientalism and Congolese unaccompanied refugee minors in the global north. The Journal of Pan African Studies, 8(2), 23-41.