Dr. Sobia Shaikh
School of Social Work
St. John's College, J-4010
Phone: (709) 864-7516
Dr. Sobia Shaheen Shaikh is an Assistant Professor with Memorial's School of Social Work. Prior to her appointment at the School of Social Work at MUN, Sobia was an Assistant Professor at York's School of Social Work, and also taught as a sessional lecturer at University of Toronto and Trent University (in Women's Studies/Sociology departments). Sobia's doctoral work is through Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto. She also has a Master's of Social Work degree in Social Welfare Policy and Bachelor's degrees in Social Work and in Economics from McMaster University.
Sobia's academic and professional interests are built on longstanding commitments to social justice and social change work. Her social work and community experience include advocacy, activism, organizational development, counselling, community research, policy analysis (social, economic and organizational) and community development (in local and international contexts). Specifically, she has worked across a variety of social concerns, including: violence against women, global migration, poverty, disability, youth citizenship, racism, substance use, international human rights, women's health and wellbeing, children's psychiatrization, and disabling environments.
Sobia's current program of research explores the juncture of social justice practice, organizational and community change and social policy from the standpoint of activists and social workers. Her research explores how social change work is socially organized; that is, how social justice practice is shaped by people's everyday acts, organizational processes and social policy. In her research, she weaves together critical theoretical perspectives including institutional ethnography and other materialist traditions, theories of the everyday, poststructural analysis, feminist theory, and postcolonial and antiracist thought.
Sobia's teaching, supervision and research interests include: critical social work, social policy, social justice praxis, critical research, community engagement, organizational change, social work administration, antiracism, advocacy and activism, families, disability, feminist theory, global migration, diaspora, decolonizing and anti-colonial knowledge production, professional ethics, and sociology of professional knowledge.