Sharon is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Grinnell College and 2017 Young Southeast Asia Fellow of the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG). She studies collective behavior and social movements, migration, and race and ethnicity from a global and transnational perspective. Methodologically, she is interested in qualitative and comparative analysis.
Sharon has published her research on diaspora mobilization, U.S. immigration discourse, multilateral trade negotiations, and anti-free trade campaigns in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Mass Communication and Society, Sociology Compass, and Asian Survey. Her article, “Homeland-Hostland Relations and Mobilization Dynamics: Comparing Filipino Diaspora Activism in the US and the Netherlands,” received the 2016 Martin O. Heisler Graduate Student Paper Award from the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Section of the International Studies Association and an Honorable Mention for Best Graduate Student Publication from the Section on Human Rights of the American Sociological Association.
Sharon received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation, titled “Revolution From Afar: Mobilizations for Regime Change and the Making of the Filipino Diaspora in the United States and the Netherlands, 1965-1992,” argues that diasporas are outcomes, rather than causes or agents, of transnational mobilization. The research regards the formation of diasporas as a consequence of strategic social construction by political entrepreneurs in periods of heightened contention in the homeland such as during dictatorship and regime change. She was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to complete data collection for this study.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Sharon obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She remained there as researcher with the Third World Studies Center for seven years, where she was involved in projects investigating the global justice movement in Southeast Asia. Afterwards, she received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in social sciences, with emphasis on demographic and social analysis at the University of California, Irvine.
Sharon is fluent in three languages (English, Tagalog, Ilocano) and currently studying Spanish. Apart from her professional activities, she loves to travel, often to places off the beaten path.