Margaret S. Sherraden
Professor of Social Work
MSW Program Director
201 Bellerive Hall
Office Hours: By appointment.
Education: Professor Sherraden earned a PhD in sociology from Washington University, an MA from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and a BA in sociology and Spanish from Beloit College.
- SW 3210 - Social Issues and Social Policy Development
- SW6250 – Social and Economic Development Policy
Teaching & Research Interests:
- Community economic development
- Social and economic development
- Social policy and social contract
- Financial capability
- Asset building in low income households
- School-based savings
- Civic engagement and participation
- International volunteering and service
View Dr. Sherraden's Publications
Margaret Sherrard Sherraden’s current research focuses on adult and youth savings in the US and abroad, financial capability, and place-based community development. She also publishes on international volunteering and service, microenterprise, and immigrant birth outcomes. Professor Sherraden received the UM-St. Louis Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. During her tenure as President of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare (2000-2003), it celebrated a centennial, invested in a headquarters, and grew its endowment tenfold. Over several years, she has lived, worked, and conducted research overseas, including Mexico on a Fulbright fellowship, and in Puerto Rico and Singapore.
She is author of four books, including a forthcoming edited volume, Financial Capability: Research, Education, Policy, and Practice (with Julie Birkenmaier and Jami Curley), Oxford University Press; Striving to Save: Creating Policies for Financial Security of Low-Income Families (with Amanda M. McBride), University of Michigan Press, 2010; Kitchen Capitalism: Microenterprise in Poor Households (with Cynthia K. Sanders and Michael Sherraden), State University of New York Press, 2004; and Community Economic Development and Social Work (with William C. Ninacs, Eds), Haworth Press, 1998.