Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice

Fitzgerald House, Room 211
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2420
fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
Fitzgerald House, Room 251
614 Pioneer Dr.
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(248) 370-2371

Theresa Anasti

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Theresa Anasti, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Social Work
Theresa Anasti CV

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

Anasti, T. (2021) Peer Involvement in Service Provision: How US Human Service Nonprofit Organisations Include Sex Workers as Organisational Staff. Culture, Health and Sexuality. DOI:

Dewey, S., Brown, K. Hankel, J., Anasti, T. (2021) ““I was Already in the System from the Start”: How Substance-using Women in the Street Sex Trade Make Decisions about Pregnancy. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy.  DOI:

Anasti, T.(2020) “Officers Are Doing the Best They Can”: Concerns Around Law Enforcement and Social Service Collaboration in Service Provision to Sex Workers. Affilia. 35(1):49-72 DOI:

Anasti, T. (2020). 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, 31(1): 169-183 DOI:

Anasti, T. (2020).  Street-Level Bureaucrats and Ethical Conflicts in Service Provision to Sex Workers.  Journal of Ethics and Social Welfare 14(1), 89-104. DOI:

Wells, R. & Anasti, T. (2019) Hybrid Models for Social Change: Legitimacy Among Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations.” VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 31, 1134–1147. DOI:

Anasti, T. (2018). Survivor or Laborer: How Social Service Managers Perceive Sex Workers?”  Affilia. 33(4) :453-476  DOI:

Anasti, T. (2018). “The Use of Alcohol in Topless Establishments: Protection for Women or Gender Policing?” Sexualities. 23(1-2). 81-107 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 Patti-Slavin Award for Outstanding Practice Research from the Network For Social Work Management