Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work


Shweta Singh, Ph.D.

Title/s:  Associate Professor & Author: The Making of Indian Woman Hood - Red Chilli Pickle and Moonlit Terraces and Hindi Poetry Mohabbat Mein Mae Se Maa Tak.

Office #:  Maguire Hall 562

Phone: 312.915.7249

Email: ssingh9@luc.edu

CV Link: Shweta Singh CV 2022


Doctorate in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 

Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India

Bachelor of Arts from Isabella Thoburn (I.T.) College Lucknow, India


Selected as one of the top contributors, in particular for the piece “Saving Sakineh from Iran!” in the first Collaborative Blogging Contest organized by the Communication Initiative and the BBC World Service Trust on the theme of Communication, Media, and development Policy.

The Feminist Scholarship in Social Work Award in 2005 by the Council on Social Work Education’s Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work.

Program Areas

Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas: 

- Foundation and Advanced Social Work Research (SOWK 506 and SOWK 606)

- Foundation Social Welfare Policy (SOWK 507)

- Global Feminism (WOST 450/ SOWK 630)

- India Studies (SOWK 634 – Interdisciplinary course on social work in India)

- Women and Globalization and Interdisciplinary Research Course (Special SOWK 606)

- Women, Globalization, Media, and Policy (Interdisciplinary Policy Course – special SOWK 609)

- Doctoral Dissertation Planning (SOWK 800)    

Research Interests

Select Current Research Projects

Mixed Method Measures for Women’s Identity

Schooling Outcomes and Processes in Globalization

School and Identity Development

Work and Migration and Health outcomes for women

Theoretical Exploration of Women’s Identity in Media and Religious Texts

Corporate and diaspora philanthropy

Professional & Community Affiliations

Community and Professional Service

Member of Society for Social Work Research

Association for Asian Studies; International Women’s Association 


Council of Social Work Education 

Reviewer for: (i) International Social Work, (ii) Journal of Poverty, and (iii) International Journal of Social Welfare, (iv) Sex Roles, (v) Social Work Education, (vi) International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, (vii) International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and (viii) Violence Against Women (ix) Child Development (x) Policy Studies Journal.  

Previous International Experience

Consultant with International and local development agencies in India on issues of child rights and child abuse and social policy with organizations such as UNICEF and OXFAM Lucknow. Also  
Corporate philanthropy and social marketing with Confederation of Indian Industries.

Selected Publications

Recent Faculty Scholarship

Singh, S., Lundy, M., Vidal, M., & Caridad, A. (2011). Mexican immigrant families: Relating trauma and family cohesion in the special issue of Journal of Poverty (in Press)

Singh, S., Orwat, J., & Grossman, S. (2011). A protection motivation theory application to       date rape education. Psychology, Health & Medicine Available online: 14 Jun  

Tsai, J., & Singh, S. Tracing Identities of Urban-professional women from China: Reframing oppression and empowerment. Contemporary Social Work  (2011) (Department of Social Work, Lucknow University), Volume XXIV.

Singh, S. (2011). Transgression into ‘Hidden’ Feminism: Immigrant Muslim Women from India in ‘Feminism and Migration: Cross-cultural Engagements’Ed. Glenda Bonifacio (Publishers Springer) (in press)

Audio/ Video Documentary Work

Title: Identity: Immigrant Chinese and Indian Women

Title: “Shobha De is a ‘Wanna Be: The Immigrant Women Discourse on Shobha De,” (In Progress) this short audio documentary discusses the works of Shobha De, author of women-oriented Pulp Fiction based in India.