"I view my work as an intersection of social policy and systems of oppression, like patriarchy, capitalism and racism, and how they come together. My degrees in business and public policy give me a macro perspective, but those don’t take individual experience into account. Social work spoke to me because it allows me to see all this; I’m interested in community, social impact and structure."
Microfinance; domestic violence; genocide; political violence; trauma; social movements
Associate Professor Shaanta Murshid joined the faculty in 2014. Her teaching interests include research, diversity and oppression, immigration, violence, and international social work.
Her areas of interest and research include institutions, structural sources of violence, social policy, and health disparities. Her most recent work focuses on experiences of microfinance participation among women in Bangladesh. Some of her current projects include work on migrant workers, garment workers, and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Murshid's social consciousness on both national and international levels guides her talks and publications in both scholarly journals and popular media. These include her 2014 article, "The killings at Bangladesh's Bihari Camp – Murder mystery or murder with impunity?" in India's Frontier Weekly, and an article on the use of neoliberal language by microfinance participants as they take personal responsibility for social problems, including intimate partner violence and sexual harassment on the streets.
She was a member of the Doctoral Program Executive Committee at the Rutgers University School of Social Work and an appointed member of the Board of the Doctoral Student Association at Rutgers University School of Social Work. She was also awarded a Saathi of Rochester Excellence in Education Award and an Excellence in Social Work Education Award from Rutgers University.