Nalini Negi

nalini negi‌Dr. Nalini Negi, Associate Professor

Nalini Negi is an associate professor at the School of Social Work (SSW) in the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). Dr. Negi’s research has emphasized the social etiology and mechanisms that confer risk of psychological distress and substance abuse among migrant populations such as Latino transmigrants (migrants who move back and forth between borders) and day laborers. She has published extensively in scientific journals as well as edited two books, one on social work practice with Latinos by Lyceum Press and one on social work practice with transnational migrants by Columbia University Press. Dr. Negi is currently principal investigator on a grant funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse examining the drug use patterns of Latino migrant day laborers in Baltimore city. In 2012, she received the National Award for Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network. She was also awarded the 2012-2013 Exemplary Faculty of the Year Award for her outstanding teaching by the Student Government Association of the SSW UMB. Dr. Negi received her doctoral degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2008. Her dissertation work examined the risk and protective factors of psychological well-being and substance use among Latino day laborers. Dr. Negi’s dissertation received the top honor for a dissertation by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), the largest scientific organization representing social work in the United States. Dr. Negi speaks five languages and has lived in seven countries in five continents.

Contact Information:
Phone: (410) 706.3024
Room: 5E08
Negi CV

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201


MSW, University of Southern California
PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Expertise and Research Interests

Substance Abuse
Mental Health of Latino Immigrants
Ethnic/Racial Identity
Culturally Competent Social Work Practice

Recent Publications

Negi, N.J. & Furman, R. (Eds.).(2010). Social work practice with transnational populations. New York: Columbia University Press.

Furman, R., & Negi, N. (Eds.).(2010). Social work practice with Latinos: Key issues and emerging themes. Chicago: Lyceum Books. 

Articles in Refereed Journals
Casado, B.L., Negi, N.J., Hong, M. (2012) Culturally competent social work research: Methodological considerations for research with language minorities. Social Work. doi: 10.1093/sw/swr002. First published online: May 31, 2012. (Hong Ph.D. Student).

Furman, R., Ackerman, A., Loya, M., Jones, S., & Negi, N.J. (2012). The criminalization of immigration: Value conflicts for the social work profession. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 39(1), 169-185.

Negi, N.J. (2011). Exploring psychosocial stressors and protective factors related to the well-being of Latino day laborers. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13 (4), 748-755.

Bright, C., Ward. S.K., & Negi, N.J. (2011).The chain has to be broken: a qualitative investigation of the experiences of young women following juvenile court involvement. Feminist Criminology, 6 (1), 32-53. 

Negi, N.J., Bender, K., Furman, R., Fowler, D., & Prickett, J.C. (2010). Enhancing self-awareness: A practical strategy to train culturally responsive social work students. Advances in Social Work, 11 (2), 223-234.(Prickett MSW student)

Bender, K., Negi, N.J., & Fowler, D. (2010). Exploring the relationship between self-awareness and future cultural competency for social work graduate students. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 19 (1),(34-53).

Valdez, A., Cepeda, A., Negi, N.J., & Kaplan, C. (2010). Fumando La Piedra: Emerging Patterns of Crack Use among Latino Immigrant Day Laborers in New Orleans. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 12 (1), 737-742.

Negi, N.J. & Furman, R. (2009). Providing social services to Mexico-USA transmigrants. Journal of Poverty, 13(3), 293-308.