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Mahasweta M. Banerjee

BSW Program Director
Primary office:
Twente Hall
Room 121

Academic Areas

Theories and practices associated with enhancing social and economic justice; community development; micro-enterprise as an anti-poverty strategy; international social development; qualitative and quantitative research.


Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis


Teach social work research methods courses (quantitative and qualitative) at the undergraduate, Master's, and doctoral levels.

Teaching Interests

  • Social welfare research
  • Qualitative research
  • Quantitative research
  • Mixed methods research
  • Social justice theories

Research Interests

  • Social justice
  • Rawls
  • Capabilities Approach of Sen and Nussbaum
  • Micro-enterprise development
  • Social development
  • India and US
  • Spirituality


Board member of International Consortium of Social Development (ICSD); Global Council on Learning, Research and Practice; Reviewer for various journals; President Phi Beta Delta Honor Society;

Selected Publications

Banerjee, M. M (2016). Processes and dilemmas of doing international research in India. . In . (Ed.), In Alice K. Butterfield and Carol Cohen (Eds.) in Practicing as a Social Work Educator in International Collaboration. CSWE Press. . Arlington, VI: CSWE Press.

Banerjee, M. (2016). "We Routinely Borrow to Survive" - Exploring the Financial Capability of Income-Poor People in India. Social Work, 61(4), 349-358. DOI:10.1093/sw/sww045

Selected Presentations

Banerjee, M. & Canda, E. (11/11/2012 - 11/11/2012). Culturally competent international social work research. Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting. Washington, DC

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