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Deng Lands Post-Doc at Center for Social Development


Contact: Emily Williams

Posted Sept. 13, 2010

Suo Deng (MSW '10) accepted a post-doctoral research associate position with Michael Sherraden, Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development, at Washington University in St. Louis. Deng will spend the next couple of years working on Sherraden's team at the Center for Social Development researching asset building and social development in Asia.

"The George Warren Brown School of Social Work is very prestigious and a very good school," Deng said. "I think the most challenging part for me is to collaborate with top-level professors and researchers who specialize in so many fields."

Deng came to UGA to get professional training in social work soon after earning his Ph.D. from Peking University in China. He worked with Michael Holosko, Pauline M. Berger Professor of Family and Child Welfare, on various projects as a research assistant. Holosko provided opportunities for Deng to research social work in Asia and encouraged him to pursue a post-doc. Eventually, Deng would like to return to a university in China and find a faculty position teaching social work.

"The social work profession is still in the beginning stages in China. My plan, actually, is to promote development through the social work profession in China and Asia," he said.

Sherraden, founder and director of the Center for Social Development, was recognized this year in TIME magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. His pioneering work on asset building has influenced policy development in the United Kingdom, Korea, Canada, Indonesia and other countries.