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 C.A. Meshelemiah is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) 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 on Assessments and Diagnosing as well as Human Trafficking. In 2013, she taught an interactive Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Human Trafficking for a global audience of 30,200 students from 187 nations.

She is the author and co-author of numerous publications and presentations at the local, national, and international levels. Her current research publications focus on human trafficking and human rights. Jacquelyn’s professional travels have taken her to Mexico, England, Malta, Costa Rica, Canada, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, and across over half of the United States.

Dr. Meshelemiah is the recipient of numerous honors including Teaching and Community Service Awards. She is the former Chair of the Board of Rahab’s Hideaway, a safehaven for at-risk and/or survivors of human trafficking. As an activist, she continues to collaborate with survivors of human trafficking in a variety of settings.

Last, Dr. Meshelemiah collaborates with her social work colleagues at 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 in the process of developing similar professional relationships in other parts of the world as well.