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Dr. Mia Ocean

Associate Professor

College of Education and Social Work - Master of Social Work


Dr. Mia Ocean has worked in higher education in various roles including Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator, clinical social worker, and professor. She has conducted internally/externally funded research projects focusing on the economic impact of community colleges, state legislation on criminal record sealing, and racism in higher education.


  • Community Colleges
  • Federal Financial Aid Policy (e.g., Pell Grant, Satisfactory Academic Progress)
  • Access and (In)Equity in U.S. Higher Education
  • Disability Justice and Legislation
  • Anti-Oppressive Participatory Research
  • Satire as an Advocacy Tool
  • Humor in Social Work


  • A.A., Palm Beach Community College
  • B.A., University of West Florida
  • MSW: University of Michigan
  • Ph.D., Boston University