Sheilamae Ablay

I am a sociologist who studies immigration and immigrant integration, whose academic work examined sociopolitical contexts for ethnic and racial minority immigrants’ political incorporation in the US. I received my doctorate and master’s degree in sociology from The Ohio State University and my BA in sociology and anthropology from the University of California, Irvine.

My research agenda is concerned with the representation and access of racial minority and immigrant communities into the civic and political life in their countries. I currently study the Filipino diaspora, particularly marriage migrant Filipina mothers and how they transmit cultural heritage to their bi-cultural/biracial children in countries with weak or nonexistent migrant social infrastructures. One of my ongoing projects focuses on Turkey as a destination for southeast Asian migrants in which I examine migrant workers’ experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic and the parenting practices of marriage migrant mothers. In my current projects, I use mixed method approaches to explore experiences, drawing from a variety of data sources including institutional migration statistics, qualitative interviews, and social media.

In addition to my migration scholarship, I work as a research consultant. I have helped businesses, nonprofit organizations, and researchers all over the world to collect, clean, analyze, and interpret data effectively. My diverse consulting experiences include developing market research for a tech startup and designing a research method to evaluate the impact of cannabis legalization on public health and criminal justice in the US. Currently, I conduct survey design and data analytics for projects focused on racial equity and social justice in the fields of public health, higher education, and the arts.

Contact Sheilamae at sheilamae /dot/ ablay “at” ronininstitute (dot) org