Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Shweta Singh, Ph.D.

Title/s:  Associate Professor & Program Director of Certificate in Empowering Women Leaders and South Asia.

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

Program Areas

Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas

  • Founding Director of the Certificate Program in Empowering Women Leaders and South Asia.
  • Foundation and Advanced Social Work Research (SOWK 506 and SOWK 606), Foundation Social Welfare Policy (SOWK 507), Global Feminism/Women in a Global Context (WOST 450/ SOWK 630), India Studies (SOWK 634–Interdisciplinary course on social work in India), Doctoral Dissertation Planning and Committee Work
  • Courses on Global Social & Sustainable Development, in the MA in MA in Public Service Leadership Program of the School of Continuing& Professional Education  

Research Interests

Select Current Research Projects

  • Social Development 
  • Identities
  • Women in India and South Asia
  • Evaluation of Scale Small Programs
  • Wellbeing and Working Women
  • Social Media Policy and Narrative Analysis
  • Hindu Spirituality and Religion and Women
  • DEIB (Discrimination, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging).   

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, (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.
  • Corporate philanthropy and social marketing with the Confederation of Indian Industries.

Community and Professional Service

WFRN-Work and Family Research Organization

  • Editorial Board Member – Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work

Journal Peer Reviewer

  • Experience: International Social Work, Journal of Poverty, International Journal of Social Welfare, Sex Roles, Social Work Education, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Violence Against Women, Child Development, Policy Studies Journal, Theory and Society, Psychology, Health & Medicine, Urban Education  

Other Community Work Experience

Non-Profit Board Member, Radio Host, Social Service Program & Policy Evaluator, Work- Life Coach, Mediator


  • In 2019, Recipient of the Annual Gender Equality Award from the Chicago Chapter of UN Women USA (for breadth of work in academia, social work and philanthropy, and diligent leadership working with South Asian women and girls)
  • In 2016, she was awarded the Service Award in Recognition of Outstanding Community Service in Media and Social Work, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
  • In 2011, her work Saving Sakineh from Iran!was selected as one of the top contributors 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. 
  • In 2005, she was awarded the Feminist Scholarship in Social Work Award– Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for her paper Identities of women.

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)

Faculty Scholarship

Audio/ Video Documentary Work

  • Identity: Immigrant Chinese and Indian Women
  • “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.