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Margaret Sherraden


Professor Emerita
of Social Work



Education: PhD, Sociology, Washington University
MA, Social Work, School of Social Service Administration,University of Chicago 
BA, Sociology and Spanish, Beloit College

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

Biographical Narrative:

Margaret 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.


Recent Activities

One of our articles on international service was selected as the "Best empirical article (quantitative) award" for 2013 by the Journal of Social Work Education.
Lough, B. J., McBride, A.M., & Sherraden, M. S. (2012). Measuring international service outcomes: Implications for international social work field placements. Journal of Social Work Education 48(3), pp. 479–499; doi: 10.5175/JSWE.2012.201000047.
Appointed to the ACOSA Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice, which aims to construct a core set of proposals to raise the level of support for macro social work in the profession and in schools of social work.