Marquisha Lawrence

Marquisha Lawrence Scott

Assistant Professor

What I do

I research and identify mediating structures and support systems to help youth thrive in an ever changing global society.

Professional Biography

Assistant Professor Marquisha Lawrence Scott centers her research, teaching and community engagement on ensuring that community and nonprofit organizations, especially religious congregations, are equipped to serve their identified communities (e.g. youth, marginalized communities). With a background in macro social work, community organizing and understanding religious congregations as organizations of faith and service, her work centers non-governmental institutions as solvers of social problems. Her dissertation entitled "Crossing Tracks & Ponds: Preparing Youth for a Global Society" focused on whether religious congregations can serve as mediating structures for youth facing the requirements of a global society. She is currently researching 1) globalization’s impact on youth, 2) youth’s engagement with global citizenship identity and 3) non-governmental organizations’ impact on youth’s economic and social outcomes within a global society.


  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania, 2019
  • MDiv, Eden Theological Seminary, 2016
  • MSW, MSW, Washington University in St. Louis, 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Other
  • Other


Scott, M. L. (2019). Globalization’s Requirements of Youth: Religious Congregations as Mediating Structures. Society for Scientific Study of Religion . Saint Louis, MO: Society for Scientific Study of Religion .