Curators' Distinguished Professor of Social Work

476 SSB

Curriculum Vitae

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 4350 – Social Work Organizations
SW 4631/Honors 3030 – Global Migration / Human Migration
SW 4900/Honors 3030 – Globalization and Cross Cultural Communication
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

Biographical Narrative:

Professor Uma A. Segal's areas of research interest and publication are immigrant and refugee integration in global perspective. Her work recently received recognition by the University through an appointment as a Curators’ Distinguished Professor and, in 2020, she received the UM-System President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement.

Dr. Segal has participated in research projects on cross-national comparisons of migration in Athens (Greece), Sofia (Bulgaria), and Tokyo (Japan). Her research has taken her to Brazil, India, Portugal, Russia, and the United Kingdom, and in the last 20 years, she has shared her expertise through conferences, initiatives, and seminars in several additional countries across all continents. 

As a Fulbright Specialist on migration, Dr. Segal provided consultation to the Government of Portugal’s High Commission for Migration, and she has been an invited keynote speaker at international conferences in Scotland and Portugal, and for the World Health Organization in Kazakhstan, Sicily, and Turkey.

Professor Segal is an external collaborator at the Universidade do Fernando do Pessoa, Porto, Portugal and is a visiting professor at the University of Tsukuba’s Faculty of Medicine, Tsukuba, Japan.  In addition to 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 served as resident scholar on migration on the Advisory Board of the Katherine A. Kendall Institute (2007 – 2015), an international arm of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and was an elected member of CSWE's Board of Directors (2012 - 2015).  She completed a Fulbright Fellowship to develop a new school of social work in India focusing on global and rural social work, and she was awarded CSWE's 2013 Promotion of International Education Award for her commitment to international social work education.

Dr. Segal was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2004 to 2012), redirecting its mission toward an international, interdisciplinary focus, exploring all aspects of human migration.