Sharon Quinsaat

Associate Professor
Department chair of Peace and Conflict Studies

Sharon Quinsaat received her PhD in Sociology from University of Pittsburgh. Her research and teaching interests include social movements, migration, Southeast Asia, and Asian Americans from a global and transnational perspective. Sharon’s projects and courses to date reflect her intellectual and personal interest in understanding how foreign workers, immigrants, and refugees engage in collective action to challenge hegemonic power and create new kinds of political spaces. From an empirical investigation of the discursive construction of contemporary immigration to a comparative-historical study of homeland-oriented migrant mobilization, the trajectory of her sociological inquiry focuses on both cultural and structural elements in different levels and units of analysis. Her research has appeared in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Mass Communication and Society, Sociology Compass, and Asian Survey. Sharon’s dissertation, entitled “Revolution From Afar: Mobilizations for Regime Change and the Making of the Filipino Diaspora, 1965-1992” argues that diasporas are outcomes, rather than causes or agents, of transnational mobilization. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to complete data collection for this study. For more information about Sharon and her work, visit

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