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Murali Nair, PhD

TitleClinical Professor of Social Work, Dept. of Social Change and Innovation
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentSocial Work
AddressATT H375
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-1400
Phone+1 213 821 7054
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    Columbia University School of Social Work2012Hall of Fame Inductee
    Senior Fulbright Scholar
    White HousePresident’s Volunteer Action Award
    Cleveland State UniversityDistinguished Faculty Award for Teaching and Service
    Cleveland State UniversityMulticultural Leadership Award
    Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Services to Community
    Amrita University School of Social WorkDistinguished Professor
    Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing AuthorityPower of Partnership Award
    Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of EducationU.S. Professor of the Year Nominee

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    Murali Nair joined the School of Social Work in 2012 after 20 years teaching at Cleveland State University, including stints as the co-director of the Center for Healing Across Cultures and director of its School of Social Work. He teaches courses in the Community Organization, Planning and Administration concentration and courses in policy and international social work.

    Nair began his professional social work career in health settings and later became involved in procuring community resources for children, and the migrant and refugee populations. His interdisciplinary research interests include alternative health systems, gerontology (cross-national studies on centenarians, healthy aging), service learning, poverty and disaster management.

    He has written, edited or co-authored 10 books, including the 9th edition of Macro Practice in a Generalist Perspective and 3rd edition of Service Learning. He has also written more than 100 refereed journal articles, book chapters and invitational paper presentations at state, national and international professional conferences. His cross-national field studies have resulted in the production of eight documentaries, including three on centenarians, tsunami aftermath and the Hurricane Katrina aftermath.


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