Anupama Jacob, PhD

Professor, Department of Social Work
Director, APU Student Research

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 2763
Photo of Anupama Jacob, PhD


Anupama Jacob, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Social Work and APU’s director of student research (undergraduate and graduate). She was APU’s interim director of undergraduate research in fall 2019, and was a commissioner for six years on the Commission on Research, part of the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body for the social work profession. She teaches applied research in the undergraduate and graduate social work programs at APU. Her research interests center on issues related to poverty and inequality, particularly in the United States. Prior to starting her PhD program, Jacob worked as publications manager at the Center for Social Development, a research and policy center based at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to her work at APU, she’s a board member of a local Christian nonprofit organization that provides resources and services to families in need.


  • PhD, Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley
  • MSc, Economics, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • BSc, Economics, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Social Work

Courses Taught

  • SOCW 478 – Social Work Research Methods
  • SOCW 479 – Writing 3: Social Work Research Project
  • SOCW 523 – Macro-theory and Communities/Organizations
  • SOCW 528 – Research for Data Driven Change
  • SOCW 541 – Capstone Leadership Project