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Pallassana Balgopal

Emeritus Professor

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(217) 244-5213

School of Social Work
1010 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Office: 2049

What I Do

Dr. Balgopal is a social work educator, researcher, and practitioner with more than sixty years of teaching, curriculum development, research, consultation, and practice experience.

Current Academic Appointments:
2000 – Present           Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
1996 – Present            Professor Emeritus, Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work – 1971, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Master of Science in Social Service – 1962, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Diploma in Social Service Administration (Equivalent to M.S.W.) – 1959 Madras School of Social Work, Madras, India
  • Bachelor of Arts –1957, Nagpur University, Nagpur, India


Dr. Balgopal’s areas of expertise are social work with immigrants and refugees; cultural pluralism; international community social work; and social work interventions with individuals, groups, and families.

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