Lujie Peng

Previous Education

Lujie earned his MSW from Nanjing University in 2016. He also holds a LLB in social work from Nanchang University in 2014.


During the PhD program, Lujie has sole-authored two manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, International Journal of Social Welfare and Social Work Education. One of his latest manuscripts on the measurement of American welfare attitudes is currently under review.

Lujie has been working on research studies funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse with his mentor, Dr. Jay Unick, since 2021. He has also collaborated with Dr. Terry Shaw on projects funded by Maryland Department of Human Services. His dissertation work, entitled “Contemporary Public Attitudes Towards Government Responsibility for Social Welfare in the United States: Measurement and Inferences”, represents his longstanding work in advancing our understanding of Americans’ welfare attitudes. He has delivered multiple paper presentations and a workshop at various national conventions.


Lujie Peng has been well-equipped for independent teaching both in the classroom and online. He completed coursework in andragogy both at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and through the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. He served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Social Work Research taught by Dr. Lisa Berlin. He has also taught Social Welfare and Social Policy independently for MSW students virtually in Spring 2022. He is eager to teach foundation, policy, and research courses as well as courses on statistics, psychometrics, data science, social issues, and international social work.

Additional Information

Lujie’s methodological expertise highlights latent variable modeling, structural equation modeling, multilevel and longitudinal modeling, causal inference, and Bayesian statistics. He uses Stata, SAS, R, and Mplus in his research. He is also a LaTeX and Python user and proficient in Qualtrics and REDCap. Lujie is currently a reviewer for multiple flagship journals across social work, social welfare, social policy, political science, and sociology. Lujie is a Standing Committee Member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the University of Maryland School of Social Work.