Dr. Bret Weber has taught at the University of North Dakota since 2005, and for the Social Work Department since 2007. He served two years as the Graduate Program Director, and currently serves as the department chair. His research focuses on housing and homelessness issues especially in relation to urban policies. He first came to social work as a community organizer and historian, engaging across all levels of practice and with historical studies. Those studies included emphasis on War on Poverty programs, policy, and environmental history and environmental justice. Along with Professor William Caraher, he has co-led the North Dakota Man Camp Project since shortly after the beginning of the state’s most recent oil boom. That work has included a collaboration of archaeologists, architectural historians, and social workers seeking to understand the lives of those living in temporary workforce housing and the impacts of extractive booms on rural communities. As a consequence of his interest in policy, since 2012, he has served on the Grand Forks City Council including co-chairmanship of the city’s legislative affairs committee. He serves in leadership roles on the city’s Jobs Development Authority and Growth Fund Committee, and he also serves on the Board of Commissioners for the Grand Forks Housing Authority, the board of Red River Valley Community Action, and various other service roles in the community and profession.
SWK 442 Social Policy
SWK 502 and 528 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SWK 537 Policy as Practice
Housing and Homelessness
Environmental History and Justice
Urban Planning and Social Well-being
Resiliency and Family Violence
Policies and Attitudes related to Pandemics
Caraher, W., Weber, B. (2017) The Bakken: An Archaeology of an Industrial Landscape. Fargo, U.S: North Dakota State University Press.
Barkdull, C. Fogel, S., & Weber B (Eds.). (2016) Environmental Justice: An Issue for Social Work Education and Practice. Oxford, UK: Routledge.
Caraher, W., Weber, B (Eds). Grand Forks Community Land Trust: Neighborhood History Series
--Chris Price. (2012). “The Old Church on Walnut Street: A Story of Immigrants and Evangelicals”
Peer Reviewed Journal Publications
Christensen, J., Thonnessesn, J., Weber, B. “Knowledge Creation in Reflective Teaching and Shared Values in Social Education: A Design for an International Classroom. Educatia21 Journal (19), Art. 02 December, 2020. doi: 10.24193/ed21.2020.19.02 (http://educatia21.reviste.ubbcluj.ro/)
Caraher, W. R., Weber, B., Rothaus, R. “Making Home in the Bakken Oil Patch (2018). Sixty Years of Boom and Bust: The Impact of Oil in North Dakota, 1958-2018, Kyle Conway (Ed.). The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. https://digitalpressatund.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/conway_sixty_years_final_01.pdf
Rothaus, Richard, Caraher, W.R., Weber, B., and Kourelis, K., Wheelock, North Dakota: A Ghost-Town Window on Extractive Industries. Deserted Villages.
Nedegaard, R., Barkdull, C., Weber, B., Jayasundara, D. (2017) “Lessons Our Students Taught Us About Teaching Social Work in a Reservation Community” Journal of Teaching in Social Work December, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1080/08841233.2017.1414097
Caraher, William R., Weber, Bret A., Rothaus, R., Lessons from the Bakken Oil Patch, Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration, Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 195-204. ISSN (print) 2051-3429 (online) 2051-3437
Caraher, William R., Weber, Bret A., Kourelis, K., Rothaus, R., North Dakota Man Camp Project: The Archaeology of Home in the Bakken Oil Fields, Historical Archaeology, the journal of the Society for Historical Archaeology 10.1007/s41636-017-0020-8
Weber, Bret A., Geigle, J., Barkdull, C. (2014), Rural North Dakota’s Oil Boom and its Impact on Social Services Social Work, 59 (1) 62 -72. (Social Work is the pre-eminent, highest impact journal in the social work profession)
Weber, Bret A. (2012). Social Work and the Challenges of the Green Economy. Advances in Social Work, file number, 1969-6524-1-RV.docx
Barkdull, C., Weber, B., Swart, A., Phillips, A. (2012), The Changing Context of Refugee Resettlement Policy and Programs in the United States. Journal of International Social Issues, 1 (1) 107 – 119.
Weber, Bret A., & Wallace, A. (2012). Revealing the Empowerment Revolution: A Literature Review of the Model Cities Program” Journal of Urban History, 38 (1), 173 – 192.
Weber, Bret A. (2010). Morial, Ernest Nathan “Dutch.” In The African American National Biography. The W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press.
Weber, Bret A. (2010). Bussey, Charles. In The African American National Biography. The W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press.
Weber, Bret A. (2010). Watson, Lauren. In The African American National Biography. The W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University and Oxford University Press.
Weber, B., Caraher, W., Rothaus, R., Kourelis, K., (2016), Man Camps of North Dakota: A Humanities Study Guide, Center for Heritage Renewal, Circular No. 1 (North Dakota State University) https://www.academia.edu/14327201/The_Man_Camps_of_North_Dakota_A_Study_Guide
Caraher, W., Guins, R., Reinhard, A., Rothaus, R., and Weber, B. (2014), Why We Dug Atari, The Atlantic (August 7, 2014). http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/why-we-dug-atari/375702/
Journals and Book Chapters
Weber, B., Barkdull, C., Karikari, I., Tarr, R. ”Effective Practice with Refugees Using A Social Work Lens (2020).” Social Workers’ Desk Reference, 4th Edition. Oxford University Press. Expected Publication Date Fall 2021.
Fogel, S., Barkdull, B., & Weber, B. (2015), Social Work Education: The International Journal special issue, “Environmental Justice, Green Social Work or Eco Justice,” 34 (5): Oxford, UK: Routledge.
MSW, the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
PhD U.S. History, the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Bachelor of Arts in History, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
Twenty-Five Years as a small businessman making payroll every two weeks
Executive Director, Citizens for Tax Fairness
Social Entrepreneur (including founding President of the Grand Forks Community Land Trust)
Environmental Researcher for Heritage Research Center, Ltd
Service as an elected official on the Grand Forks City Council
Contributing Editor for Social Work, published by NASW