Assistant Professor of Social Work

Dr. Siddhesh Mukerji's interests as a practitioner and scholar currently occupy two spheres: socially engaged Buddhism and environmental social work. His research and writing focus on how Buddhist thinkers and activists have conceptualized and responded to problems that concern social work, but from a worldview that challenges some of the field’s basic assumptions. Siddhesh is also committed to studying and teaching methods with which social workers may expand their role in responding to the global ecological crisis. His current focus as a social work practitioner is supporting the work of justice-oriented environmental organizations in Vermont.


Mukerji, S. (2021). Ocean of suffering, ocean of compassion: Person, environment, self, and world in social work and Zen Buddhism (Publication No. 2546656489) [Doctoral dissertation, Loyola University Chicago]. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.

Mukerji, S. (2020). The “untouchable” who touched millions: Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, Navayana Buddhism, and complexity in social work scholarship on religion. Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought.


Lee, S., & Mukerji, S. (2022, June). Areas of Connection Between Ecospiritual Social Work and Buddhism: Practical Examples from Won Buddhism. Presentation at the conference of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work, Baltimore, Maryland.

Mukerji, S. (2019, May). To study the way is to study the self: Zen Buddhist meditation as qualitative self-inquiry. Presentation at the 15th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana, Illinois.

Mukerji, S. (2018, October). Understanding person and environment in Zen Buddhism and social work. Presentation at the 19th Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work, Burlington, Vermont.

Awards and Recognition

Graduate Student Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching (2022)

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, United States Department of Education, administered by University of Chicago (2013-2014)

Kathryn Davis Peaceworkers Fellowship, Middlebury College, Department of Russian Studies (2013)

Siddesh Mukerji

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Environmental social work
  • The intersection of social-environmental action and religion, focusing on Buddhism
  • Third-wave behavioral psychotherapies, especially Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


  • Ph.D., Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
  • M.A., Social Work, University of Chicago


Courses Taught

Summer 2022

SWSS 193: Environmental Social Work

Fall 2022

SWSS 147: Social Work Theories I
SWSS 216: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Spring 2023

SWSS 055: Local Environmental Action
SWSS 148: Social Work Theories II
SWSS 217: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SWSS 396: Critical Reflection (co-taught with Jan Fook)