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Dr. Sunny Sinha

Associate Professor


School of Social Work

570-348-6211 x2389

Immaculata Hall 205

Courses taught:

Pract IV: Adv Scl Wrk Pract Ind/Fml SW-504
Practice VI: Culmination Integrative Se SW-506
ST: Sex Work & Human Trafficking: A Cross-Cultural Perspective From India and Beyond SW-545B
Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice SW-971
Dr. Sunny Sinha's research and scholarship have covered a wide range of global issues, including HIV/AIDS prevention, sex work, human trafficking, and violence against women. In addition, she has considerable social work practice and research experience working with diverse groups of sex workers and the different local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) reaching out to the sex worker community in Kolkata, India. Before joining Marywood University in 2012, Dr. Sinha worked as an Adjunct Faculty for five years at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She is a Fahs-Beck scholar and recipient of the Fahs-beck Doctoral Dissertation Research and Experimentation Award for her doctoral study, titled "Flying" Female Sex Workers in Kolkata, India: Using cultural biography to Understand HIV Risk Perception.
Dr. Sinha teaches a wide range of core graduate-level courses in social work: advanced social work practice with individuals, social welfare policy, global perspective in social work, and ethical issues in social work practice. Informed by the lens of intersectionality and critical ethnographic methodologies, Dr. Sinha has published her research findings in various high-impact interdisciplinary journals, Sexuality & Culture, Culture, Health, & Sexuality, QualitativeHealth Research, and Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Journal of Gender Studies. She also received the Michael H. Agar Lively Science Award, an annual award from the Qualitative Health Research journal for the most innovative applied research article. Dr. Sinha also serves as the Consulting Editor of Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work, Member of the CSWE's Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education, Editorial Board Member of Palgrave Advances in Sex Work Series, and Member of NEPA Task Force Against Human Trafficking. Dr. Sinha got her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and her Master's degree in social work with a specialization in Family and Child Welfare from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India.

Presentations and Publications

1. Prasad, Indulata & Sinha, S. (2020): The increased precarity of the provisionally hypervisible: Experiences of informal laborers during India’s pandemic lockdown. Socioscapes: International Journal of Societies, Politics, and Culture,
2. Dasgupta, S., Sinha, S (2021). Community-Based Strategies for Harm Reduction Among Sex Workers in Kolkata, India. Sexuality Research & Social Policy, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13178-021-00588-5
3. Dasgupta, S., Sinha, S., & Roy, R. (2021). ‘We Are Helpless, Hopeless and Living in Despair’: Impact of COVID-19 on the Overall Health and Well-being, and Participation of the Transgender
Community in India. The International Journal of Community and Social Development, 3(4), 372– 389. https://doi.org/10.1177/25166026211050743
4. Sinha, S. & Prasad, Indulata (2020). Examining hopes, aspirations, and future plans of women in non-brothel-based sex work in Kolkata, India. Culture, Health, & Sexuality, DOI:10.1080/13691058.2020.1740793
5. Sinha, S., Prasad, I., & Prasad, P. (2020). Dementia and the Challenges of Caregiving: A Personal Account, Economic & Political Weekly, 55(14),
6. Azhar, S., Dasgupta, S., Sinha, S., & Karandikar, S. (2020). Diversity in Sex Work in India: Challenging Stereotypes Regarding Sex Workers. Sexuality & Culture, https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-020-09719-3
7. Sinha, S., Shrivastava, A., & *Paradis. C. (Fall 2019). A survey of the mobile phone- based interventions for violence prevention among women. Advances in Social Work, 493- 517, DOI: 10.18060/22526