Luisa Deprez Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

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Academic Degrees

  • B.A. in Sociology from Keuka College
  • M.S.W. in Community Organization from Rutgers University
  • Ph.D. in Social Policy from Heller School for Public Policy and Management, Brandeis University


Professor Emerita of Sociology Luisa Deprez served the university with distinction for 38 years. She came to the School of Social Work in 1977 and later moved to the Department of Sociology. Dr. Deprez is also on the faculty of the Women and Gender Studies Program and is a Muskie School faculty associate. She served as interim dean of USM’s College of Arts and Sciences from 2002 to 2005.

Dr. Deprez co-directs the Maine Regional Network, part of the national Scholars Strategy Network, which addresses public challenges and their policy implications. She serves on a broad range of University and community committees, including the University Review Steering Committee and the Mayor’s Minimum Wage Advisory Committee in Portland.

Dr. Deprez has been instrumental in the development of USM’s Women and Gender Program, serving as director from 1999 to 2002. She writes and presents extensively in the areas of social policy-making, welfare, and women’s economic issues. She has authored many journal articles and two books, including SHUT OUT: Low-Income Women and Higher Education in Post Welfare America, published by SUNY Press.

Dr. Deprez was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Public Policy Center in Honolulu and at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at UMass Boston. She received The Feminist Scholarship Award in 2001.

She holds a B.A in sociology from Keuka College; an M.S.W. in community organization from Rutgers University; and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School for Public Policy and Management, Brandeis University.