Dr. Nalini Negi is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work in the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Nalini received her doctoral degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2008. Her dissertation work examined the risk and protective factors of psychological well-being and substance use among Latino day laborers. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelors degree in Sociology with a minor in Conflict Resolution. In UC, Irvine, Nalini was the coordinator for the Hunger and Homelessness Campaign as well as the Nationwide Student Representative for the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG), one of the largest student-led public interest groups in the nation. Her interest in international social work has led Nalini to work for a Nepalese NGO where she worked in an orphanage as well as an Indian NGO, where she conducted research on the alternative resolutions of justice regarding domestic violence cases. Nalini received her MSW from the University of Southern California where she further developed her research and teaching skills by working on research projects and co-teaching an undergraduate interdisciplinary course. She also continued to be active in the community by facilitating the implementation of a community program at Compton High School. Nalini speaks five languages and has several publications in the area of migration, social justice, and international social work and has presented her research at national and international conferences. She is the recipient of two dissertation awards from the UTA’s NIDA Research Development Program and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.


Research Interests

  • Migration
  • Substance Abuse
  • Mental Health of Latino Immigrants
  • Ethnic/Racial Identity
  • Culturally Competent Social Work Practice


Shears, J., Furman, R., & Negi, N. J. (In Press). The self-perceptions of Mexican-American men regarding fatherhood. Advances in Social Work.   

Furman, R., Negi, N. J., & Cisneros-Howard, A. L. (In Press). The immigration debate: Lessons for social work. Social Work.   

Furman, R., Coyne, A., & Negi, N. J. (In Press). An international experience for social work students: self-reflection through poetry and journal writing exercises. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.   

Poole, D. & Negi, N.J. (In Press).Transnational community enterprises for health and social welfare: Mexico and the United States. International Journal of Social Welfare.   

Furman, R. Negi, N. J., Schatz, M. C. S. (2008). Positing the transnational social work agency: Using a wrap-around model. Global Networks, 8 (4), 496-503.