New Sociology Postgraduates Awarded Highly Competitive Research Fellowships

9 May, 2013

Dr Sharon Quah and Dr Shawna Tang, recent PhD graduates in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, have both been awarded prestigious Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of  Singapore.

The scope of the work of these two scholars reflects the increasing research connections between  Australia and SE Asia generally but also more particularly within the Social Sciences. 

 Shawna Tang and Sharon QuahDr Quah graduated in April 2013, having completed a doctoral thesis called ‘Far from crippling’: divorce, individualisation and personal communities. This work investigated the subjective experience of Australian and Singaporean divorcees – from the time they made the choice to leave the marriage through the crisis and on to the reconstruction of their personal communities. Dr Quah was chosen to join the Changing Family in Asia cluster at the ARI. She will be researching the subjective experience of Singaporean divorced individuals.

Dr Tang whose doctorate will be awarded in late May this year for her thesis titled Re-queering lesbian women in Singapore: towards a postcolonial study of global sexual identities. Her work was supervised by Dr Fran Collyer and Professor Raewyn Connell. At the ARI she will join the Cultural Studies Research Cluster.