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Sara Amin
Sara Amin
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Sara N. Amin completed her PhD in Sociology at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 2010 and has a background in mathematics and international development.  Prior to joining USP, she worked at the Asian University for Women (Chittagong, Bangladesh) and was an International Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University.  Her research and teaching interests center on the sociology of identity, gender, migration and education.  She has received funding for her research from various sources including the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, the Fulbright Foundation and the Ford Foundation.   She is currently finishing a three-year four country comparative research study on the impact of women’s education and employment on gender relations in the family in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan).  She is passionate about teaching and using research to empower students and communities.

Academic Qualifications:

BA International Development Studies, McGill University, Montréal, CanadaBSc Mathematics, McGill University, Montréal, Canada MA Sociology, McGill University, Montréal, Canada PhD Sociology, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Courses taught:

SO212: Race & Ethnicity [Semester 2]
SO300: Research Methods in Sociology [Semester 1]
SO311: Crime & Deviance [Semester 1]
AL400: Research Methodologies in the Humanities & Social Sciences [Semester 2]

Research Interests / Expertise

migration, identity, gender, education, crime, research methods

Current research projects

  •  Masculinities in the Pacific (2017-present)
  • Academic migrants’ identity dynamics in Bangladesh, Fiji and Canada (2017-2018)
  • Crime recidivism in Fiji (2016-present)Fiji Perception and Attitudes Survey (2016-present)

Current thesis supervision

PhD Supervision

  •  Zena Sherani, ‘Culture, identity and adaptation amongst Indo-Fijian youths in New Zealand’
  • Vivian Koster, ‘Youth engagement in the Pacific Islands regional public policy process: the role of non-state actors in the Pacific Islands Forum’

  MA Supervision

  •  Khaleella Arzu, ‘Feminizing the Future of football in Fiji? An Investigation of social constructs and factors inhibiting and promoting female football players in Fiji’
  • Kashieka Broaster, ‘“Repairing the Broken Window”: A study on the sociological paradigms of urban youth violence and secondary prevention programmes in Belize City’
  • Damien Gock, ‘Social Structures: The Experiences of Women in Advocacy Work in Tonga’

 Community Engagements

  •  Editor, Journal of Sociology
  • Member, International Sociological Association
  • Member, The Australian Sociological Association
  • Member, American Sociological Association


Publications in USP Electronic Research Repository

 Select Publications 

  •  Amin, SN. (forthcoming 2018 February). “The right way for me to do things for me”: Experiences of some Afghani women in entering and practicing karate. In Molnar, G, Amin, SN and Kanemasu, Y (eds) Women, Sport and Exercise in the Asia-Pacific Region: Domination-Resistance-Accommodation. Routledge.
  • Wassan, RM, Hussain Z, Shah, MA and Amin, SN. (2017). International labor migration and social change in rural Sindh, Pakistan. Asian-Pacific Migration Journal Vol. 26(3) 381–402.
  • Amin, SN., Ganepola, Varuni and Dissanayake, Lakshman. (2016). Editors. Changing Nature of Forced Migration: Vulnerabilities and Responsibilities in South and Southeast Asia. Dhaka: University Press Ltd.
  • Amin, SN., Mostafa, Mashiat, Kaiser, Shahidulla Md., Hussain, Faheem and Ganepola, Varuni. (2015). “Beyond Classroom Knowledge and Experience: How Can Fieldwork Enrich Students’ Learning and Perception on Gender?” In Advances in Gender Research, Vol. 20, Edited by Marcia Segal and Vasilike Demos. Emerald Publishing.
  • Amin, SN. (2015). “Dissent and New Diversities in Muslim Identity Discourses in the Wake of 9/11 in Canada and the United States”. Chapter in Muslim Identity Formation in Religiously Diverse Societies, Edited by Derya Iner. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Amin, SN (2014). “The Impact of Identity Politics in Challenging National Narratives: A Case-study among Canadian Muslims”. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 14(3): 418-435.
  • Clouston, Sean, Verdery, Ashton, Amin, SN & Gauthier, Robin G. (2009). “The Structure of Undergraduate Association Networks: A Quantitative Ethnography.” Connections, 29(2), 14 pp
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