Qingwen Xu

Professor of Social Work; Coordinator, global MSW Program at NYU Shanghai

Email: qingwen.xu@nyu.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • Community behaviors and mechanisms; and Innovative community practice
  • Global social work; and Culturally sensitive and locally relevant practice
  • Ethnic minority groups of people; Migrants; and Older Adults


Qingwen Xu is Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work and Coordinator of the global MSW Program at NYU Shanghai. 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.

Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was the 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.