Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Faculty & Staff

Philip Young P. Hong

Title/s: Associate Professor

Office #: Lewis Towers 1238

Phone: 312.915.7447

E-mail: phong@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://www.luc.edu/faculty/phong/



Dr. Phillip Hong is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and a faculty associate of the Center for Social Development (CSD) at Washington University in St. Louis.  He earned his MSW and PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and also holds an MA and PhD in political science from University of Missouri–St. Louis.  Before coming to Loyola in 2006, he taught at Saint Louis University.  Dr. Hong’s main academic interest is in poverty and workforce development.  Particularly, his research program has focused on structural poverty in the United States and international / comparative social welfare.  He is currently partnering with local workforce development initiatives to develop bottom-up strategies for empowering low-income individuals and families in their quest to achieve self-sufficiency.


Ph.D. in Social Work, Brown School, Washington University, St. Louis

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis

M.A. in Political Science, University of Missouri, St. Louis

MSW, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

B.S. in Social Welfare, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Awards and Recognitions:

Emerging Scholar Award, Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA).

Program Areas

Courses Currently Teaching/Teaching Areas:

  • Social Welfare Policy and Services I (SOWK 201)
  • Methods of Social Work Research (SOWK 506)
  • Social Work and Social Welfare (SOWK 507)
  • Policies and Strategies for Community Intervention (SOWK 509)
  • Evaluation of Practice (SOWK 606)
  • Social Work Research Methodology (SOWK 818)

Research Interests

Current Research Projects:
Workforce development and poverty
Structural determinants of poverty

Professional & Community Affiliations

Community and Professional Service:
Member, Council on External Relations, Commission on Global Social Work Education of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Editorial Advisory Board Member, Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services.  Alliance for Children and Families.

International Experience:
Consultant, Poverty and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Bangkok, Thailand.

Selected Publications

Select Faculty Publications:

• Hong, P.Y.P., Polanin, J.R., & Pigott, T.D. (2012).  Validation of the employment hope scale: Measuring psychological self-sufficiency among low-income jobseekers.  Research on Social Work Practice, 22, 323-332.  DOI: 10.1177/1049731511435952. (link)

• Hong, P.Y.P. & Song, I. (2010).  Globalization of social work practice: Global and local responses to globalization.  International Social Work, 53, 656-670.  DOI: 10.1177/0020872810371206.

• Hong, P.Y.P., Sheriff, V., & Naeger, S. (2009).  A bottom-up definition of self-sufficiency: Voices from low-income jobseekers.  Qualitative Social Work, 8, 357-376.  DOI:10.1177/1473325009337844. (link)

• Hong, P.Y. (2008).  Globalizing structural poverty: Reclaiming hope for children and families. Illinois Child Welfare, 4, 23-38. (link)

• Hong, P.Y.P. & Pandey, S. (2008).  Differential effects of human capital on the poor and the near poor: Evidence of social exclusion.  Journal of Poverty, 12, 456–480.  DOI:10.1080/10875540802350138.

• Hong, P.Y.P. & Wernet, S.P. (2007).  Structural reinterpretation of poverty by examining working poverty: Implications for community and policy practice.  Families in Society, 88, 361-373.  DOI: 10.1606/1044-3894.3645.

• Hong, P.Y.P. & Pandey, S. (2007).  Human capital as structural vulnerability of U.S. poverty.  Equal Opportunities International, 26, 18-43.  DOI: 10.1108/02610150710726516.


Recent Grants:

• Principal Investigator with Co-PIs Pigott, T. & O’Brien, T. (2011-2015).  “Evaluation of empowerment pathways to self-sufficiency in health professions career development for low-income individuals.”  University Partnership Research Grants for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2011-ACF-OPRE-PH-0145.  Agency Name: Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).