Zean Dunbar

Annie Zean Dunbar

PhD Student


civic and community engagement, community organizing and community development, evidence-based practice/implementation science, international social work/global practice, marginalized populations, public policy, race and ethnicity, social innovation and entrepreneurship, social justice

Professional Biography

Annie Zean Dunbar is a first-year PhD student at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Dunbar has a B.A. in Psychology and an A.M. from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with a program of study in Global Social Work. She is a researcher and artist. Dunbar has worked as a research consultant and assistant in higher education and private companies conducting mixed-methods research on healthcare administration, education, refugee resettlement and in the fields of Diversity and Inclusion and Forced Migration Studies. Her artist practice centers on community conceptions of truth and omission, the liminal space between understanding self and others and examination of memory. She is the Social Media Lead of the Emerging Scholars and Practitioner on Migration Issues (ESPMI) Network, a global network of junior scholars, practitioners, artists, activists reconceptualizing the field of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Her research interests include mutual aid organizations, race and identity formation, trauma and reconciliation, secondary migration and long-term refugee and (im)migrant resettlement in the United States.


  • A.M., University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration