The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Richa Dhanju, MSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

rdhanju@stkate.edu dhan6591@stthomas.edu
Phone: 651-690-6755
Fax: 651-690-8821

2004 Randolph Ave.  Mail Stop F-15.  St. Paul, MN  55105

Office Location: FH 204B

Courses Taught in Spring 2013
SOWK 3850-01: Group Work Skills                 10:20 – 12:00         Mon/Wed                    MUS 202
SOWK 4050-02: Senior Field Seminar              5:00  – 7:00         Fridays (E/W/O)          Whitby 200
GRSW 682-13: Applied Research Seminar     7:20 – 9:20          Thursdays                    SCB 301
               

Courses Taught in Fall 2012
SOWK 355-02: Communication and Interviewing Skills          
10:20 – 12          Mon/Wed                     SCB 205
SOWK 340-01: Human Behavior and the Social Environment  
8:00 – 9:40          Tues/Thurs                 SCB 324
SOWK 4050-02: Senior Field Seminar                                    
5:00 – 7:00           Fridays (E/W/O)         Mendell 109
GRSW 682-13: Applied Research Seminar                              
7:20 – 9:20          Thursdays                     SCB 301

Office Hours: 

Mondays, 12 – 5pm, and by appointment.  ph:  651-690-6755

Academic Experience:

Ph.D. in Anthropology, Texas A&M University.
Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Texas A&M University.
MSW, Washington University in St. Louis.
MA in Social Welfare Administration, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.
BA (Honors) in Philosophy, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, India.

Current Research Interests:

Urban development and disparity in South Asia
Politics of welfare
Governance of the poor
Gender and development
International Social Work

Practice Experience:

07/2012 – 09/2012: Case Manager, Interprofessional Center for Counseling and legal Services, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

04/2011 – Ongoing: Part-time Consultant and Grant Writer, A Minnesota Without Poverty, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

05/2003 – 10/2004: Fieldworker and Activist, Parivartan (people’s movement), Delhi, India.

Work and Consultation Experience:

06/2012 – 09/2012: Executive Leadership Fellow, Center for Integrative Leadership, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.

01/2012 – 05/2012: Part-time Postdoctoral Assistant, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University (NSF CAREER Grant, PI: Dr. Kathleen O’Reilly).

Publications:

Dhanju, R. and O’Reilly, K. (2012). Human subjects research and the ethics of intervention: Life, death and radical geography in practice. Antipode, Vol. 45 (3).

O’Reilly, K and Dhanju, R. (2012). Hybrid drinking water governance: community participation and ongoing neoliberal reforms in rural Rajasthan, India. Geoforum, Vol.43(1), p.623 – 633.

O’Reilly, K and Dhanju, R. (2010). “This report is absolutely wrong”: locating spaces inside NGOs for feedback and dissemination. Human Organization, Vol. 69(3), p. 285 – 294.

Serrato, M, Laporte, C., and Dhanju, R. (2009). When did "do no harm" become "do nothing"? graduate student perspectives on the HTS controversy. Anthropology News, Vol. 50(8), p. 24.

Dhanju, R. (2008). The Andaman trunk road: lifeline or death spell? Geographische Rundschau International Edition, Vol. 4(4), p. 26 – 32.

Dhanju, R. (2008). Water and women’s empowerment in the Ferghana valley. Available online through University of California e-scholarship http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/2hp521v6

Select Presentations:

Dhanju, R. (2012). Invited guest speak for panel on globalization. (2012). Global Context: Local Solutions, International Conference, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. June 15.

Dhanju, R. (2011). Systematic Synecdoche: Mission Convergence and the making of a world-class Delhi. Association for American Geographers Annual Conference, Seattle. April 15.

O’Reilly, K. and Dhanju, R. (2011). Big change for small change: Water governance reform in north India. Association for American Geographers Annual Conference, Seattle. April 14. (Paper presented by first author).

Dhanju, R. (2010). Caring for the poor: Mission Convergence and the (un)making of an ‘inclusive’ world-class Delhi. Invited lecture at Leadership and Management Forum. Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. December 3.

Dhanju, R. (2010). Women and the work of empowerment: Economics of gender in a Delhi slums, American Anthropological Association Annual Conference, New Orleans. November 19.

Dhanju, R. (2010). Mission Convergence for reaching the unreached: Preliminary findings and observations. Office of the Chief Secretary, Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Delhi, India. July 29.

Dhanju, R. (2010). Partnering for the poor? Mission Convergence for reconstituting governance in the slums of Delhi. Graduate Colloquium, Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. April 22.

Dhanju, R. and O’Reilly, K. (2010). Reaching the unreached: Mission Convergence for reconstituting governance in the slums of Delhi. Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Washington D.C. April 14. (Paper presented by first author).
    
O’Reilly, K. and Dhanju, R. (2009). "This report is absolutely wrong”: Locating spaces inside NGOs for feedback and dissemination. Association for American Geographers Annual Conference, Las Vegas. March 24. (Paper presented by first author).

Dhanju, R. (2008). Slum women in India: Interpreting empowerment through informal networks. Texas Asia Conference, University of Texas at Austin. October 8.   
         
Dhanju, R. (2008). The dawn of the neoliberal era in the slums of Delhi: Women’s voices from the field. Invited speaker for Human Rights Week organized by the Association for Social Entrepreneurs Lecture Series, Texas A&M University. April 17.

Dhanju, R. (2008). Water and women’s empowerment in Central Asia. Eighteenth Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference, University of California at Los Angeles. February 1.

Association Memberships and Affiliations:

Council on Social Work Education
Association of Macro Practice Social Workers
American Anthropological Association
Association of American Geographers