Chang Seo, Ph.D., MSW

Assistant Professor
Headshot of Chang Seo in front of a brick wall


Chang Hyun Seo’s research focuses on poverty, inequality, the welfare state and quantitative data analysis. He also pursues a research agenda to enhance the support and protection of the working poor and unemployed.

He strives to improve social work students' research interests and skills. He is passionate about collaborating with students on research projects as a research mentor for the Undergraduate Research (Pack Research Experience Program: PREP). In addition, he is interested in developing teaching skills using new ideas and technology to improve students' engagement in the classroom as an ambassador for the Digital Wolf Pack Initiative (DWPI).

Areas of interest

  • Welfare state and welfare regime typology
  • Poverty, in-work poverty and inequality
  • The working poor, unemployed and their dependents (children and older adults)
  • Social policy analysis
  • Social work research methods
  • Quantitative data analysis

Courses taught at the University of Nevada, Reno

  • SW 440: Introduction to Social Work Research
  • SW 441: Data Analysis for Social Workers


  • Ph.D., Social Work, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington, 2020
  • MSW, Social Welfare, Department of Social Welfare, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, 2011
  • B.A., French Language and Literature, College of Humanities, Inha University, South Korea, 2004