Assistant Professor, Public Affairs
Projects: “Nowhere to go: How the criminalization of homelessness harms health and well-being in San Diego” and “Community Perspectives on Homelessness and Homeless-Serving Facilities in San Diego”
Megan Welsh is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs, where she teaches courses on research methods and data analysis for social scientists, as well as special topics courses on homelessness and racial and gender (in)justice. Because Dr. Welsh is a firm believer in the power of experiential learning, students in her classes have the opportunity to engage in “real world” research through fieldwork on urgent topics such as homelessness and police-community relations.
In Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, Dr. Welsh will be teaching a course entitled “Engaged Citizenship and Social Responsibility” (General Studies 480) in which students will have the opportunity to work on a Participatory Action Research project to understand how people experiencing homelessness in San Diego have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Welsh holds a doctorate in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the CUNY Graduate Center, and bachelor and master degrees in social work from UC Berkeley and Temple University, respectively. Dr. Welsh’s research seeks to understand how people experience, navigate, and survive within criminal-legal and social welfare institutions. The main goal of Dr. Welsh’s research is to inform community-based responses to poverty and criminal-legal contact that are rooted in people’s wisdom about their own lives, needs, and humanity. Her current research focuses on the health and sanitation needs of people experiencing homelessness, the criminalization of poverty, and racialized policing.