Sharon is active in academic service. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Philippines Studies Group at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), where she has chaired and co-organized panels in the organization’s annual meetings. She is also an occasional article reviewer for The Pacific Review, Journal of World-Systems ResearchJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Philippine Political Science Journal, and Latin American Research Review, and a contributing editor for Mobilizing Ideas and The Critical Refugee Studies Collective.

At Grinnell College, Sharon has provided guidance to students conducting research on Asian American activism and labor migration in Southeast Asia. She has participated in the faculty panel on the “Global Politics of Migration and Refuge,” organized by the College’s Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights and Institute for Global Engagement. She has also served as reviewer for the Grinnell College Undergraduate Research Journal and resource person for students who did service learning with Burmese refugee communities in Indianapolis, Indiana. Lastly, Sharon gave a talk on the human rights situation in the Philippines to members of the Grinnell community during the World Day of Prayer.

While a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, Sharon organized events designed to supplement curricular learning, such as the Documentary Film Series on “Repression, Revolution, and Globalization” held from October-December 2010. She was also a resource person for the 2015 Professional Development Workshop Series, where she gave a talk on “Searching and Applying for Fellowships and Grants.”


Sharon with antilandmine activists during the First Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty in Nairobi, Kenya, November 29-December 3, 2004.

Before pursuing graduate studies, Sharon volunteered for the Philippine Campaign to Ban Landmines (PCBL) from 2001-2005. She helped in collecting data for the Philippine and Malaysian country reports of the Small Arms Survey and Landmine Monitor Reportorganizing workshops for the Non-State Actors Working Group of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which PCBL co-founded; and writing and editing conference proceedings. She was also a member of the steering committee of the Philippine Action Network to Control Arms from 2003-2004, serving as a project leader for the “Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Training Needs Assessment Survey—Philippines,” funded by the Bonn International Center for Conversion.