Pa Der Vang, MSW, PhD, LICSW

Associate Professor


My teaching centers on the use of theory in generalist social work practice with an emphasis on social justice and empowerment. My research is on the experience of Hmong American immigrants and the acculturation process.

  • Race in America
  • Empowerment of women and people of color
  • Refugees and immigrants

Ph.D., Social Work
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2007

Master of Social Work, Social Work
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2003

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2000

ACDC Faculty Research and Development Grant (2013).

Spring Travel Grant Award (2012).

Pepsi Funds- University of St. Thomas (2012).

Internationalization Grant (2012).

Summer Scholars Grant (2012).

Fall 2011 Faculty Travel Award (2011).

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Both Graduate and Undergraduate Program St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, 2011–Present

Assistant Professor, California State University, San Bernardino, 2008–2011

Mental Health Planning Specialist, Ramsey County Human Services, 2008

Crisis Social Worker/LICSW, Ramsey County Adult Mental Health Crisis Unit, 2004–2008

Social Worker, Wilder Foundation Southeast Asian Program, 2003–2004

Vang, P., Lee, H., Ju, E. & Lundquist, M. (2010). "Breast and cervical cancer screening among Asian American women and Latinas: Does race/ethnicity matter?" Journal of Women's Health. (10, 1877-1884)

Moua, K. & Vang, P. (2015). "Constructing “Hmong American Youth”: A critical discourse analysis of 25 years of academic literature on Hmong American Youth." Child & Youth Services. (36, 16-29)

Vang, P. (2013). "Generational Differences among a Small group of Hmong Americans." Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. (22, 1, 76-92)

Vang, P. & Bogenschutz, M. "Hmong women, marital factors, and mental health status." Journal of Social Work.

Vang, P. (2015). "Hmong, Acculturation, and Mental Health." Journal of Hmong Studies. (15, 2, 18)

Vang, P. & Her, P. (2014). "Teenage Marriage among Hmong American Women." Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment. (24, 2, 138-155)

Vang, P. & Bogenschutz, M. "Teenage marriage and the socioeconomic status of Hmong women." International Migration.

Vang, P. (2014). "Hmong Americans and the Legal System." Ramsey County Bar Association

Vang, P. & Vang, C. (2013). "Hmong and Acculturation." 16th Annual Hmong National Conference

Vang, P., Rooney, R., Mars-Fuschel, C., Rodenberg, N. & Fischer, C. (2012). "Writing Groups and Faculty Productivity." CSWE 58th Annual Program Meeting

Vang, P. (2012). "Understanding Interdependence in Southeast Asian Cultures." Mental Health Consumer/Survivor Network 8th Annual Conference

Vang, P. (2012). "A Roundtable Discussion on the Racialization of Hmong American." The 4th International Conference on Hmong Studies at Concordia University

Vang, P. (2011). "Hmong in the U.S.: Acculturation and Socialization Strategies." University of Milwaukee, Conference on Critical Refugee Studies

Vang, P. & Her, P. (2011). "Hmong Women and Teenage Marriage." Institute on Hmong Studies

Vang, P. (2011). "Hmong American Mental Health and Well Being." Asian American Psychological Association