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Lois Pierce

Lois Pierce
Dean and Professor Emerita



Uma Segal

Uma Segal
Founders Professor



Office: SSB 476

Phone: 314-516-6379 Email: umasegal@umsl.edu


Dr. Uma A. Segal teaches courses on social work organizations and on human behavior in the School of Social Work and has taught courses on migration in the Honors College since 1999. Professor Segal has developed a global reputation for her research, teaching, practice, and service on immigrant and refugee integration. She is author of several journal articles, book chapters, and internationally acclaimed books on migration, and she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies.

Uma’s cross-national research has taken her to such diverse nations as Japan, Greece, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, and Russia, among others, and she has shared her expertise through conferences, initiatives, and seminars in many additional countries across all continents. She is invited as Keynote Speaker at several international conferences, recently in Portugal, Scotland, Tunisia, the UK, and for the World Health Organization in Sicily, Turkey, and Kazakhstan.

A Fulbright Specialist and Scholar, Dr. Segal consulted with Portugal’s High Commission for Migration on its refugee resettlement program and designed a new school of social work in India with rural and global foci. She has taught courses on International Human Resource Management in India, Portugal, and Vietnam, is external collaborator for the Universidade do Fernando do Pessoa, Portugal and visiting professor at the University of Tsukuba’s Faculty of Medicine, Japan.

Professor Segal received her PhD from George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University, her MSSW from University of Texas at Arlington, and BA from Barnard College of Columbia University.


Founders’ Professorship, University of Missouri (2022 – 2025)

Distinguished Alumni Award, Brown School, Washington University (2022)

Faculty Innovator of the Year, University of Missouri – St. Louis (2022)

Curators’ Professorship, University of Missouri – St. Louis (2020 – 2025)

University of Missouri System President’s Award for Cross Cultural Engagement (2020)

Promotion of International Education Award, Council on Social Work Education (2013)


 Please click this link for her CV.


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