Kao Nou Moua

Assistant Professor, BSW Field Director

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I teach in both the BSW and MSW programs at Augsburg University. I use a teacher-learner approach in my classroom, believing we all teach and learn from one another. As a practitioner, I have over 15 years of experience working with marginalized young people as an advocate, trainer, program developer and coordinator, and researcher in Missoula, Montana, and in St. Paul, Minnesota. My other practice areas include organizational and community change, and culturally-grounded services and interventions. My research interests are related to Hmong American youth, oral traditions, and indigenous methodologies.


Ph.D.   University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

MSW   University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

BA      University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

Current Projects

Conceptualizations of ib tug hluas (youth) among young Hmong American women

Hmong Economic Advancement and Capacity Building Project

Ethnic minority professional coalitions: Hmong Minnesota Social Workers Coalition

Training for practice with communities with refugee background in social work education

Selected Peer Reviewed Publications

Moua, K. L. (2021). Bringing just practice into a corporate law context. In J. L. Finn (Ed.), The Just Practice Framework in Action: Contemporary Case Studies. Oxford University Press.

Lightfoot, E., Nienow, M., Moua, K., Colburn, G., & Petri, A. (2016). Insights on professional identification and licensure from community practice social workers.  Journal of Community Practice, 24(2), 123-146.

Moua, K. L., & Vang, P. D. (2015). Constructing “Hmong American Youth”: A Critical Discourse Analysis of 25 Years of Academic Literature on Hmong American Youth. Child & Youth Services, 36(1), 16-29.