Contacts

Sharon QuahDr QUAH Ee Ling Sharon

BA, National University of Singapore
MSocSc, National University of Singapore
PhD, Sociology, The University of Sydney

Location: 19.2011
Phone: +61 2 4239 2160
Email: sharonq@uow.edu.au

Biography

Dr Sharon Quah is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology with the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong. After being conferred PhD in Sociology by The University of Sydney in 2013, Sharon was awarded a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship and a subsequent research fellowship by the National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute. During her fellowships, she published her first sole-authored book, 'Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore' (Springer, 2015). The book engages with theories on individualisation, connectedness, personal communities, friendships and intimacy to propose a new theoretical framework, which she calls ‘divorce biography’, in understanding the experience of divorce. She recently completed a study on transnational divorces in Singapore as the Chief Investigator with a national research grant awarded by the Singapore Government. Based on this project’s findings, she is currently writing her second book, Transnational Divorce: Intimacies and Inequalities in Singapore (under contract with Routledge). She is a Visiting Fellow of Wuhan University and Shanghai University. At UOW, she is the Chair of UOW Ally Network and Co-Convenor of Contemporary Emotions Research Network. She is also a member of UOW Safe and Respectful Communities Working Party, and UOW Workforce Diversity Reference Group. She teaches at Wollongong and South Western Sydney campuses.

Research Interests

Transnational, intersectional feminist perspectives, decoloniality, heteronormativity, non-normative families (divorced and queer families), transnational divorce and families, intimacies, personal communities, emotions, migration, genders, sexualities, queer theory, social policies in Australia, Singapore and China, social justice.

Selected Competitive Research Funding

  • UOW University Internationalisation Committee International Links Scheme Grant, ‘Building collaborative research capacity with Wuhan University’, Chief Investigator, 2018
  • UOW Faculty Challenge Grant, ‘Popular misogyny, sexism, military masculinity in Singapore’, Chief Investigator, 2017
  • Research Fellowship awarded by the National University of Singapore (NUS), Asia Research Institute (ARI), Jan 2015 - Dec 2016
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by NUS, ARI, Jun 2013 - Dec 2014
  • Family Research Fund awarded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (Singapore Government), ‘An exploratory study on Singaporean divorcees from transnational marriages’, Chief Investigator, 2015 – 2016
  • ARI Research Grant awarded by NUS, ARI, ‘A cross-national comparison study on post-divorce support in Australia and Singapore’, Chief Investigator, 2014

Teaching

SOC103 Introduction to Sociology
SOC227 Genders and Sexualities

Potential Topics for HDR and Honours Supervision

  • Families, personal relationships, intimacies
  • Divorce and other non-normative family practices and arrangements
  • Transnational relationships and intimacies
  • Genders and sexualities
  • State and social policy
  • Decolonising research and curriculum
  • Race, ethnicity and diversity

Publications

Books

  • Quah, S.E.L. (forthcoming, under contract with Routledge). Transnational Divorce: Intimacies and Inequalities in Singapore.
  • Quah, S.E. L. 2015. Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore. Singapore, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer.

Book Chapters

  • Quah, S.E.L. 2018. Cross-cultural families in Singapore: transnational marriages and divorces. In Yeung, WJ and Hu, S (eds) Family and Population Change in Singapore: A unique case in the global family change. Abingdon, New York: Routledge.
  • Quah, S.E.L. & Tang, S. 2018. Divorced and never-married mothers in Singapore: practices, challenges and hopes. In Yeung, WJ and Hu, S (eds) Family and Population Changes in Singapore: A unique case in the global family change. Abingdon, New York: Routledge.
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2013. ‘Divorce in Singapore’ in Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopaedia, edited by Robert E. Emery. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Peer Reviewed Articles and Conference Proceedings

  • Quah, S.E.L. 2018. Emotional reflexivity and emotion work in transnational divorce biographies. Emotion, Space and Society. Published Online First: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2018.09.001
  • Tang, S. & Quah, S.E.L. 2017. Heteronormativity and sexuality politics in Singapore: the female-headed households of divorced and lesbian mothers. Journal of Sociology. Published Online First: https://doi.org/10.1177/1440783317742530
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2016. Reconfigured everyday life of children from divorced-parent families in Singapore. Marriage and Family Review. Vol.52, Issue 1-2, Pg 106-126. Taylor & Francis.  https://doi-org.ezproxy.uow.edu.au/10.1080/01494929.2015.1073651
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2014. Negotiating post-divorce familial relationships: A case of Singapore divorce biographies. ARI Working paper series no. 226. Singapore: National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute.  https://ari.nus.edu.sg/Assets/repository/files/publications/wps14_226.pdf
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2013. ‘Divorce in Singapore’ in Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopaedia, edited by Robert E. Emery. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2013. ‘Pursuing self-fufilment in a divorce biography’ in Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations, The Australian Sociological Association Refereed Conference Proceedings, 25 – 28 November 2013, Monash University, Australia.
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2011. ‘Between communitarianism and individualisation: a discussion on Singaporean family life’ in Local Lives/Global Networks, The Australian Sociological Association Refereed Conference Proceedings, 29 November – 1 December 2011, University of Newcastle, Australia.
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2010. ‘Choice and Connectedness: explaining divorcees’ experiences through kinship and self’ in Social Causes, Private Lives, The Australian Sociological Association Refereed Conference Proceedings, 6-9 December 2010, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2010. ‘“Can't do without friends”: a study of the empowering experience of divorcees through friendship and self’ in Crises and Opportunities: Past, Present and Future, Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 18th Biennial Conference 2010 Refereed Conference Proceedings, 5-8 July 2010, University of Adelaide, Australia.

Others

  • Quah, S.E.L. 2016. An exploratory study on Singaporean divorcees from transnational marriages. Government Report for Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore Government.
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2015. Divorce Biographies in Singapore. Asian Family Matters Research Brief Series no. 27. Singapore: National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute.
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2015. Transcultural sociology in action: reflections on returning to Singapore. Nexus 27(2). The Australian Sociological Association.
  • Quah, S.E.L. 2015. Perspectives on marital dissolution: Divorce biographies in Singapore. Nexus 27(2). The Australian Sociological Association.

Media interview and recordings

‘Pre-divorce programmes a possibility for divorcing couples ‘, Channel NewsAsia, 6 May 2014.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ngho-tnMfE

2015 NUS Asia Research Institute Asia Trends, ‘Perspectives on Marital Dissolution’ public lecture and book launch at National Library Building, The Pod, 18 September 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcJLRGeIKZg&index=4&list=PL9AE861F55A74B403
 

 

Last reviewed: 18 April, 2019