Minchao Jin

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Social development; poverty; financial social work; asset building; program evaluation; child and maternal nutrition; quantitative methods


Minchao Jin is an Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Silver. His research areas are global social development, with a particular focus on financial capability. Together with colleagues, Dr. Jin assessed the status of poverty in China via asset-based approaches and made relevant policy suggestions. He also conducted research on how families in Africa can use livestock to improve child nutrition. His current work tries to answer what financial capability means and impacts, and how to improve financial capability for populations in developing countries.

Dr. Jin has practice experience in poverty alleviation and community development in several agencies from U.S., such as Fathers’ Support Center of St. Louis (Missouri, U.S.), the Department of Community Development of the City of East St. Louis (Illinois, U.S.) He has also actively engaged in social work and philanthropy practice in China, via providing program
evaluation or training to various agencies.  

Dr. Jin’s pedagogy values first the growth of students. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate students, and the courses including Social Work Research I, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I and II, Fundamental Statistics, Social Welfare Policies and Programs, Program Evaluation, and Social Development Theories.

Dr. Jin earned his PhD and MSW as a McDonnell Scholar at McDonnell International Scholars Academy at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. He also has a bachelor degree of science awarded by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.