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Dr Sonya Sharma

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

About

I came to Kingston University in 2013. Before then, and after completing my PhD, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on projects that examined the negotiation of religious, spiritual and cultural plurality in healthcare contexts at Trinity Western University (Canada), and investigated Canadian families' food practices led by scholars at University of British Columbia and Dalhousie University. From there, I returned to the UK and worked with colleagues at Durham, Derby and Chester Universities exploring young people's religious identities at English universities.

Since joining Kingston, I have mainly taught undergraduate Sociology. I have received two awards for teaching excellence and was recently nominated for a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence by the Higher Education Academy (2017). As an educator, my approach to teaching is research-led and aims for an inclusive curriculum. I am also keen to bring sociology 'alive' through cross-disciplinary learning and teaching with students and colleagues from the arts disciplines such as drama, dance, music, film, television and media.

Areas of specialism

  • Sociology of religion
  • Healthcare and inequalities
  • Feminist theory and research

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Qualifications

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK
  • PhD Women's Studies, Lancaster University, UK
  • Masters of Research, Lancaster University, UK
  • Masters of Counselling, Trinity Western University, Canada
  • Baccalaureate Sociology and History, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Professional membership

Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR)

British Sociological Association's Sociology of Religion Study Group (SocRel)

International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR)

Research

My research spans the sociology of religion and feminist studies, and at various points has engaged with geographies of religion and familial relations and practices. A central theme of my research is how religion is situated amid the ordinary concerns of everyday life - embedded in social contexts, relationships and identities.

My current research is a collaboration between British and Canadian colleagues on prayer as transgression in healthcare settings (SSHRC 2015-2018).

Previous research has focused on young women, sexuality and church life, families and food practices, religion in healthcare contexts, young people's religious identities at university, gender and career progression in theology and religious studies and religion and intimacy between sisters. 

I welcome opportunities to work with doctoral students interested in the sociology of religion, particularly in relation to healthcare, family, inequalities, and feminist and intersectional approaches.

Research student supervision

Publications

Number of items: 21.

Article

Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl, Sharma, Sonya, Grypma, Sonya, Pesut, Barbara, Sawatzky, Richard and Wolfs, Dorolen (2017) 'The elephant on the table' : religious and ethnic diversity in home health services. Journal of Religion and Health, ISSN (print) 0022-4197 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Sharma, Sonya (2016) A lateral reading of religion : Christianity in sister relationships. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 31(1), pp. 51-65. ISSN (print) 1353-7903

Sharma, Sonya and Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl (2015) Faith as social capital: diasporic women negotiating religion in secularized healthcare services. Women's Studies International Forum, 49, pp. 34-42. ISSN (print) 0277-5395

Guest, Mathew, Sharma, Sonya, Aune, Kristin and Warner, Rob (2013) Challenging 'belief' and the Evangelical bias: student Christianity in English universities. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 28(2), pp. 207-223. ISSN (print) 1353-7903

Sharma, Sonya and Guest, Mathew (2013) Navigating religion between university and home: Christian students' experiences at English universities. Social & Cultural Geography, 14(1), pp. 59-79. ISSN (print) 1464-9365

Sharma, Sonya (2012) Exploring acts of agency within Christian women's sexuality. Fieldwork in Religion, 7(2), pp. 134-147. ISSN (print) 1743-0615

Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl, Sharma, Sonya, Pesut, Barb, Sawatzky, Rick and Meyerhoff, Heather (2012) Sacred spaces in public places: religious and spiritual plurality in health care. Nursing Inquiry, 19(3), pp. 202-212. ISSN (print) 1320-7881

Sharma, Sonya (2012) 'The church is ... my family': exploring the interrelationship between familial and religious practices and spaces. Environment and Planning A, 44(4), pp. 816-831. ISSN (print) 0308-518X

Sharma, Sonya, Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl and Meyerhoff, Heather (2011) Filmmaking with Aboriginal youth for Type 2 Diabetes prevention. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, 9(2), pp. 423-440. ISSN (print) 1705-7841

Sharma, Sonya and Chapman, Gwen (2011) Food, photographs and frames: photo elicitation in a Canadian qualitative food study. Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, 3(1), ISSN (online) 1918-5480

Sharma, Sonya, Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl and Cochrane, Marie (2009) Practising the awareness of embodiment in qualitative health research: methodological reflections. Qualitative Health Research, 19(11), pp. 1642-1650. ISSN (print) 1049-7323

Sharma, Sonya (2008) Young women, sexuality and Protestant church community: oppression or empowerment? European Journal of Women's Studies, 15(4), pp. 345-359. ISSN (print) 1350-5068

Book

Llewellyn, Dawn and Sharma, Sonya, eds. (2016) Religion, equalities and inequalities. London, U.K. : Routledge. 230p. (Theology and Religion in Interdisciplinary Perspective Series in Association with the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group) ISBN 9781472439963

Guest, Mathew, Aune, Kristin, Sharma, Sonya and Warner, Rob (2013) Christianity and the university experience: Understanding student faith. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury. 256p. ISBN 9781780936017

Sharma, Sonya (2011) Good girls, good sex: women talk about church and sexuality. Winnipeg, Canada : Fernwood Publishing. 112p. ISBN 9781552664384

Aune, Kristin , Sharma, Sonya and Vincett, Giselle, eds. (2008) Women and religion in the west: challenging secularization. Aldershot, U.K. : Ashgate. 242p. ISBN 9780754658702

Book Section

Sharma, Sonya, Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl and Cochrane, Marie (2013) Prayer as transgression: stories from healthcare. In: Giordan, Giuseppe and Woodhead, Linda, (eds.) Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion: Prayer in Religion and Spirituality. Leiden, The Netherlands : Brill. pp. 189-204. ISBN 9789004260481

Sharma, Sonya, Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl and Fowler, Marsha D. (2012) Emergent nonreligious spiritualities. In: Fowler, Marsha D. , Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl , Sawatzy, Richard and Johnston-Taylor, Elizabeth, (eds.) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing. New York, U.S.A. : Springer. pp. 295-312. ISBN 9780826106636

Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl and Sharma, Sonya (2012) Intersectional analyses of religion, culture, ethics, and nursing. In: Fowler, Marsha D. , Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl , Sawatzy, Richard and Johnston-Taylor, Elizabeth, (eds.) Religion, Religious Ethics, and Nursing. New York : Springer. pp. 113-128. ISBN 9780826106636

Reimer-Kirkham, Sheryl and Sharma, Sonya (2011) Adding religion to gender, race, and class: seeking new insights on intersectionality in health care contexts. In: Hankivsky, O., (ed.) Health inequities in Canada: intersectional frameworks and practices. Vancouver, Canada : University of British Columbia Press. pp. 112-131. ISBN 9780774819756

Monograph

Guest, Mathew, Sharma, Sonya and Song, Robert (2013) Gender and career progression in Theology and Religious Studies. (Project Report) Durham, UK : Durham University. 24 p.

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