Hiram College
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Robin Shura, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology

I see value in having students grapple with how theoretical arguments, robust forms of data, and diverse methods are used by sociologists to gain new and often unsettling knowledge about social forces in our own lives and in society, and meanings given to human experiences. I encourage passionate, systematic and critical curiosity about social worlds on local, national and global scales. Social diversity and social inequality make our subject matter in sociology both fascinating and important. Key skills required and developed by students of sociology include critical thinking, solid writing, data analysis and interpretation, communication, and application of knowledge through research and community engagement.


  • B.A. (Sociology & Russian), Kent State University, May, 2001
  • M.A. (Sociology), Case Western Reserve University, May, 2006
  • Ph.D. (Sociology), Case Western Reserve University, January, 2010
  • Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, Postdoctoral Scholar, October, 2009 – August 2010

Research Interests

Sociology of age/life course; human development; intercountry adoption; child trafficking; international policy and children’s rights; human trafficking; health disparities; medical sociology; health care systems; long-term care; ageism; global differences in intergenerational relationships; age integration and age segregation; social inequality; sociological theory; qualitative, participatory, and quantitative methods; service learning in undergraduate education.

Selected Publications

  • Shura, Robin, Elle Rochford, and Brian Gran. (2016). Children for Sale? The Blurred Boundary between Intercountry Adoption and Sale of Children in the USA. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 36(5/6), 319-334.
  • Meehan, Rebecca, and Robin Shura. (2016). Residents’ Perspectives on Living with Vision Impairment in Long Term Care: An Unseen Factor in Quality of Life and Appropriateness of Care. The Journal of Nursing Home Research Sciences, 2, 34-40.
  • Shura, Robin, Dale Dannefer, and Rebecca Siders. (2016). “Why are you asking her to participate?”: Coproduction of social reality and data in long-term care. Invited research presentation at the annual meetings of the Gerontological Society of America. November, 2016. New Orleans, LA.
  • Shura, Robin, and Rachel Bryant. (2012). Aging and the Life Course. Chapter 2 (invited chapter) in David Brunsma, Keri Iyall Smith, & Brian Gran (Eds.), The Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights. Paradigm Publishers. ISBN 978-1594518829.
  • Shura, Robin, Rebecca Siders, and Dale Dannefer. (2011). Culture Change in Long-term Care: Participatory Action Research and the Role of the Resident. The Gerontologist (journal of the Gerontological Society of America, Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press), 51 (2), 212-225.