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Office Hours: The two hours after scheduled morning classes, two hours prior to afternoon/evening classes & by appointment
Education: PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO – Social Work
MSSW, University of Texas at Arlington – Social Work
BA, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, NY – Anthropology
SW 2330/Honors 2330 – Asians in Migration
SW 3510 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SW 4631/Honors 3030 – Global Migration / Human Migration
SW 5300 – Community Practice and Social Change
SW 5350 – Social Work and Human Service Organizations
SW 5500 – Foundations of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Research Interests: Global migration; immigrant & refugee integration; Asian Americans
Professor Uma A. Segal's current areas of research interest and publication are immigrant and refugee concerns in global perspective. She serves as resident scholar on migration on the Advisory Board of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute (KAKI), an international arm of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and she was elected to CSWE's Board of Directors for a three-year term (2012 - 2015).
Dr. Segal received and completed a Fulbright Fellowship (2013 - 2014) to develop a new school of social work in India with specializations in global and rural social work. In 2013 she received CSWE's Promotion of International Education (PIE) award for her commitment to international social work education.
Professor Segal has affiliate appointments at the Universidade do Minho, Gestão do Economia, Braga, Portugal and at the Universidade do Fernando do Pessoa, CENMIN (Center for Minority Studies) Porto, Portugal, and she is a visiting professor with the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan. In addition to the her teaching in social work, she has taught courses in human resource management and business administration at Alliance University (Bangalore, India), the National Economics University (Hanoi, Vietnam), Universidade do Minho (Braga, Portugal), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL), and Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO).
Uma Segal has participated in research projects on cross-national comparisons of migration in Athens (Greece) and Sofia (Bulgaria), and has been an invited speaker in several Asian and European countries. Her research has also taken her to Brazil, Japan, India, Russia, and the United Kingdom. She was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies from 2004 to 2012 and redirected its mission toward an international, interdisciplinary focus in exploring all aspects of human migration.