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Sur Ah Hahn

Sur Ah Hahn

Associate Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

Social Work

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2363
Office: 306 Health and Human Sciences Building
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Originally from South Korea, Dr. Sur Ah Hahn joined the Western Carolina faculty in the fall of 2013 after receiving her MSW and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kansas. She also received a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies at Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, and worked as a researcher, policy advocate, and community educator on women’s issues in her home country for more than ten years. Dr. Hahn specializes in research pertaining to violence against women, women’s health, and cultural diversity. In 2012, Dr. Hahn was selected as the awardee of the International Fellowship Program from the American Association of University of Women (AAUW) for her dissertation research on the integration of clinical and advocacy in social work practice with intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors in the US. Recent studies at WCU include the best practice for economic empowerment of IPV survivors and pedagogical consideration in teaching Implicit Bias for college students. Dr. Hahn presented her study findings at national and international conferences, including the Society for Social Work Research, the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference.


  • MSW, University of Kansas, Social Work

Teaching Interests

Research, social policy, intimate partner violence, international social work

Research Interests

Intimate partner violence, international social work, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

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