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 structural mechanisms (i.e., racism, discrimination) that confer risk of psychological distress and substance use among Latino im/migrant populations such as day laborers employed in the informal economy. She has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) among other funding mechanisms and is one of the first to have elucidated structural and psychosocial factors associated to the mental health and drug use initiation and use of this hard-to-reach and “hidden” population of im/migrants. Dr. Negi 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. In 2012, she received the National Award for Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National Hispanic Science Network. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Texas, Austin in 2008 and received the top honors for her dissertation by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), the largest scientific organization representing social work in the United States. In 2017, she was inducted into the Fellows of the SSWR in recognition of serving with distinction to advance the mission of the Society -- to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable and just society. Dr. Negi is passionate about teaching and has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards including, the National Association of Social Workers Maryland Chapter (NASW-MD), Educator of the Year Award, Exemplary Faculty of the Year Award, and the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Negi, a child of Indian immigrants, was raised in seven countries in five continents, and speaks five languages.

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

Negi, N.J., Siegel, J., Sharma, P.B., & Fiallos, G.(2021). “The solitude absorbs and it oppresses”: ‘Illegality’ and its implications on Latino immigrant day laborers’ social isolation, loneliness and health. Social Science & Medicine, 113737. 

Negi, N. J., Siegel, J., Calderon, M., Thomas, E., & Valdez, A. (2020). “They Dumped Me Like Trash”: The Social and Psychological Toll of Victimization on Latino Day Laborers' Lives. American Journal of Community Psychology65(3-4), 369-380.