Visiting Academics

Professor Roland Axtmann
Prof. Roland Axtmann

Professor Roland Axtmann is Director of the Centre for the Study of Society & Politics at Swansea University. After his PhD at the London School of Economics, Roland taught at the University of Aberdeen for 16 years, and from 2005 he has been Professor of Politics & International Relations at the University of Swansea. He held visiting appointments at Heidelberg University (Germany); Karl-Franzens University Graz (Austria); University of California, Los Angeles; Deakin University and the University of Queensland. He has also been a visiting fellow at the Institute for Democracy & Human Rights at The University of Sydney.

Dr Shawna Tang
Dr Shawna Tang

Dr Shawna Tang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute. She studies the cultural and political expressions of sexuality and gender in Singapore, situated in the broader context of Asia and the West. She is currently writing a book titled ‘Postcolonial Lesbian Identities in Singapore’ to be published by Routledge. Her interest is in the convergence of postcolonial theory, transnational feminist studies and queer theory in engaging sociological questions of modernity, globalisation, sexuality, gender, state and nationalism. At the University of Sydney, she completed a writing fellowship and attended to her Deputy Editor duties at the editorial office of International Sociology, a highly-ranked peer reviewed journal published by SAGE for the International Sociological Association.

Dr Sharon Quah
Dr Sharon Quah

Dr Sharon Quah is a postdoctoral fellow at National University of Singapore, Asia Research Institute. Her work has largely focused on comparative research on divorce and family in the Asia-Pacific context. Her past research project investigates how Australian and Singaporean divorcees design and construct what she calls, a divorce biography, to uncouple themselves and work out post-divorce trajectories. She is in the process of completing a book manuscript for a forthcoming sole-authored monograph (Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore) under a book contract with Springer. She is also conducting a new research project on transnational divorce in Singapore as the principal investigator with a research grant awarded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (Singapore Government). Furthermore, she will be researching on transnational divorce and other forms of alternative intimacies in the global context. Her visit to University of Sydney is part of her fieldwork research to collect data on transnational divorcees in Australia and gain a better understanding of the Australian family policy system.