Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Varner Hall, Room 518
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
512 Varner Hall
(248) 370-2371

Theresa Anasti

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Theresa Anasti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Social Work
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Ph.D. University of Chicago, Social Work

Research Interests
Nonprofit Organizations; Sex Work; Human Trafficking; Housing and Homelessness; Policy Advocacy, Social Welfare Policy

Selected Publications

Wells, R., & Anasti, T. (2019). Hybrid Models for Social Change: Legitimacy Among Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations.  VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 1-14.  DOI:  10.1007/s11266-019-00126-3

Anasti, T. (Forthcoming). The Strategic Action Field of Sex Work and Sex Trafficking: A Case Study of a Contentious Field in Chicago.  VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

Anasti, T. (Forthcoming).  Street-Level Bureaucrats and Ethical Conflicts in Service Provision to Sex Workers.  Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare. 

Anasti, T. (2018). Survivor or Laborer: How Social Service Managers Perceive Sex Workers?”  Affilia. DOI:

Anasti, T. (2018). “The Use of Alcohol in Topless Establishments: Protection for Women or Gender Policing?” Sexualities. DOI:

Anasti, T. (2017). “Radical Professionals?: Sex Worker Rights Activists and Collaboration with Human Service Nonprofits”. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance. 4(41), 416-437.

*Winner of the 2018 Slavin-Patti Award for Outstanding Practice Research from the Network For Social Work Management

Mosley, J., Weiner-Davis, T. & Anasti, T. (Forthcoming 2019) “Nonprofit Advocacy and Lobbying” In S. Toepler & H. Anheier (Eds.) Handbook of Nonprofit Organizations. New York: Routl