BSW, MA, University of Bucharest
MSW, Tulane University
PhD, University of Bucheres
Program Evaluation/Evaluation Research
Marciana Popescu has been an Associate Professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service since 2006. She represents the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) and has worked with the UN-NGO Migration Committee since 2018. She is also participating in the UN-NGO Committee on Mental Health, particularly focusing on work regarding migration and mental health.
Popescu worked in international development and studied various aspects of the field since 1995. Between 2008-2018, she conducted study tours with students in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, focusing on human rights violations, statelessness, post-disaster displacement and forced migration. She worked as a consultant for UNICEF from 1998-2000 and again in 2011. She collaborated with the SOROS/For an Open Society Foundation, as a project director from 1998-2000.
In 2016 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and spent 5 months in Austria/Europe studying migration policies and their impact on refugees in general and women asylum seekers and refugees in particular; and in 2018, she received the Fulbright Specialist award. In 2018, she was also awarded a Social Innovation Fellowship for conducting research on the role of higher education institutions in addressing migration challenges. She continues her focus on migration, with three added studies: implementation of the two global compacts on safe migration and refugees, the effectiveness and utilization of health care networks by asylum seekers, and entrepreneurship among women asylum seekers and refugees. Popescu is also involved with several organizations working on human rights issues. She is currently a co-chair of the Human Rights Committee in the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE); and she is coordinating advocacy efforts focusing on the rights of migrants at the NYC and NYS level, as well as at national and international levels.