Dr Siddhesh Mukerji

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer, Social Work BA & MA Convenor, Social Work Admissions Tutor
Email s.mukerji (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Siddhesh Mukerji

My scholarship focuses on Buddhist social action, exploring how Buddhist thinker-activists conceptualize and respond to social problems. This consideration includes potential contributions of Buddhism—as a diverse constellation of methodologies for understanding and responding to suffering—to social work (e.g., a cosmology of interconnectedness, embodied methods for transforming internalized oppression) and social justice challenges facing Buddhism (e.g., its historical/ongoing roles in supporting patriarchy). Currently, my main project is a book on Zen Buddhist social action in the US, and I am also starting to collaborate with colleagues in India who focus on Navayana/Ambedkarite Buddhist social action.

I love serving as an educator and am especially inspired by engaged pedagogy and critical reflection. I am available to supervise Ph.D. students.

I love stargazing (ask me about double stars), walking for hours, horror movies, and many other things.

Academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, Loyola University Chicago
  • Master of Arts in Social Work, University of Chicago

Publications and research outputs


Mukerji, Siddhesh; Murphy, Alistair; Joyce, Maverick; Kaye, Molly; Goodrow, Joseph P.; Clark, Madelyn Lucia; Donahue, Kathleen E.; Heitkamp, Melissa; Tyler, Brooke and Hoffman, Lily. 2022. Expressing our truth, expressing our care: A collective reflection on humanizing the social work classroom. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, ISSN 1080-0220

Mukerji, Siddhesh. 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, 39(4), pp. 474-492. ISSN 1542-6432

Book Section

Mukerji, Siddhesh; Gannon, Kate and Mackenzie, Erin. 2024. A transformative approach to environmental social work education. In: Jan Fook and Danielle Jatlow, eds. Transformative Social Work: Practices for Academic Settings. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231556767

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