Qingwen Xu

Qingwen Xu
Coordinator of the Global MSW Program, Affiliated Professor, NYU Shanghai; Professor of Social Work, Silver School of Social Work, NYU

Qingwen Xu is a Coordinator of the Global MSW Program and an Affiliated Professor at NYU Shanghai. She is also a Professor of Social Work at the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was a Professor at Tulane University School of Social Work and the Emily Ratner and New Day II Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane University Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking. She holds a PhD from University of Denver and LLMs from New York University and Peking University.

Professor Xu’s research is situated at the interaction of globalization, community development, and social welfare. With a better understanding of the community perception and behavior among vulnerable groups of people, including ethnic minorities and/or migrant groups of people in the U.S. and abroad, she has been searching innovative community practices and initiatives to improve the health and mental health of vulnerable groups of people. Her work has appeared in International Journal of Aging and Human Development, Social Work Research, The Gerontologist, Journal of Community Psychology, International Social Work and other professional and/or interdisciplinary journals.

Professor Xu is member of Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). She is also the President of Asian Pacific Islander Social Work Educator Association, and Commissioner of CSWE Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice.


  • PhD, Social Work
    University of Denver
  • LLM
    New York University
  • LLM
    Peking University

Courses Taught

  • Global China Studies Independent Study
  • Poverty and Inequality Around the Globe
  • Service Learning with Migrant Families in China
  • Social Science Honors Independent Study
  • Social Welfare Programs & Policies I
  • Topics in Service Learning:  Migrant Families, Children and Youth in Shanghai
  • Topics in Social Policy