Meshelemiah, Jacquelyn, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - The Ohio State University, 1995
MSW - The Ohio State University, 1991
BSSW - The Ohio State University, 1990

Areas of Expertise
Human trafficking
Social justice
Human rights

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Human trafficking
Social justice
Human rights

Dr. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah is a licensed social worker and three time alum of the Ohio State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW), Master of Social Work (MSW), and doctorate (PhD) from the College of Social Work. As an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor in Social Work, she has taught courses across the curricula at the BSSW, MSW, and PhD levels.  She currently teaches courses related to the social work profession, diagnosing and assessments, and human trafficking.  She is the author and co-author of numerous publications and presentations at the local, national, and international levels.  Her research publications focus on human trafficking and prostitution along with social work practice, substance abuse, and social justice.  Jacquelyn’s work related travels have taken her to Mexico, Puerto Rico, London, Canada, Hawaii, Ghana, Uganda, and all across the United States.

She is the recipient of numerous honors including teaching and community service awards.  Last, she is the former Chair of the Board of Rahab’s Hideaway, a safehaven for at-risk and/or victims of human trafficking.

Dr. Meshelemiah is currently collaborating with her social work colleagues at Addis Ababa University and the University of Gondar in Ethiopia as they work toward strengthening their social work programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels.  Beyond sustainability, the focus of the collaboration is to develop a research agenda around human trafficking, curriculum development, and faculty/staff exchanges.

She is also in the process of developing an online social work course for the Ohio State University on Human Trafficking and Practice Interventions.  On a larger scale, she is working with the University to develop an interactive Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Human Trafficking for a global audience of 10,000+ students.