Susan Hrostowski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Hrostowski is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Social Work and Vicar of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Collins, Mississippi.

A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master’s of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Tulane University. 

Before entering academia, she worked as a parish priest, a mental health therapist, and as executive director of a partial hospitalization program for older adults with mental illness. Dr. Hrostowski joined the faculty of USM’s School of Social Work in 1999, and she teaches gerontology, social welfare policy, and human diversity and social justice. 

Dr. Hrostowski has worked to garner equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community through social justice actions including bringing law suits against the state of Mississippi. She and her wife were plaintiffs in the suit which secured the right to adopt for gay couples in 2015 and continue to press for the repeal of HB1523. In 2017, Dr. Hrostowski, her wife and son were awarded the Human Rights Champions of the Year award by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir. 


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