Dr. Nicki Saroca

Associate Professor, Social Development and Policy
School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Nicki Saroca is a feminist sociologist with over 11 years of teaching and research experience in sociology and gender studies at the University of Newcastle, the Australian National University and Macquarie University in Australia, the University of the Philippines, and the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Growing up in poverty shaped her political consciousness about social injustice and her commitment to education as the key to personal, social and political transformation. She brings to her pedagogy extensive experience in antiviolence crisis work in NGOs in Australia and the Philippines and integrates her research interests with community service.

Dr. Saroca is passionate about student learning, as well as her own. Her main aim as a teacher at Habib University is to mentor students and to provide the most conducive environments for their learning and development. This not only entails engaging students in active learning, helping them develop skills in critical thinking, and supporting their intellectual curiosity. It is also about fueling their love for learning. Students who experience the classroom as pleasurable and stimulating are more likely to be motivated, and working with motivated students makes her want to be a better teacher!


  • PhD in Sociology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia (2003).
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Sociology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia (1998).
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology and Gender Studies), University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia (1996).

Research Interests

Dr. Saroca’s research is centrally concerned with gender relations in intersectional, transnational contexts. She studies intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion and other power relations in people’s lives and the relationships between lived experience and representation. Her past work explored Filipino marriage migration to Australia and the familial and transnational relationships that are constituted through intercultural marriages. As part of this area of study, she has examined domestic violence and homicide involving Filipino women in Australia and how Australian and Philippine newspapers represented the violence and she also conducted ethnographic research on Filipino-Australian online romances. Her current research explores how feminist pedagogy, consciousness-raising and empowerment relate in a multinational classroom in a women’s university in Bangladesh.

At Habib University, Dr. Saroca plans to examine how Pakistani men construct their masculinities in the context of intimate relationships. She is also interested in further developing her work on the impact of feminist pedagogy on Pakistani students. She envisages these studies as collaborative projects with student researchers.

Previous Courses Taught

Migration; Gendered Violence; Sociology of Family Life in Asia; Gender and Sexuality in Asia; Qualitative Research Methods; Foundations in Gender Studies; Sociology of Gender; Health, Healing and Social Power; Australian Families; Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology; Social Constructions of Gender; The State and Dangerous Sexualities.

Selected Publications

Daniel, M. and Saroca, N. (2015) ‘Feminist pedagogy and research in a culturally diverse classroom in a women’s university in Bangladesh’, in Vasilikie Demos , Marcia Texler Segal (eds.) At the Center: Feminism, Social Science and Knowledge, Advances in Gender Research, Volume 20.  pp.223 – 243, Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Saroca, C. (2013) ‘The absent and silenced voice in media representations of Filipina victims of violence in Australia’, South East Asia Research, 21 (3) pp. 409-435.

Saroca, C. (2012) ‘Filipino-Australian intimacies online: love, romance and ‘naughty emoticons’’, South East Asia Research, 20 (1) pp. 53-82.

Saroca, C. (2007) ‘Representing Rosalina and Annabel: Filipino women, violence, media representation, and contested realities’, Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, 22 (1) pp. 32-60.

Saroca, N. (2006) ‘Woman in danger or dangerous woman? Contesting images of Filipina victims of domestic homicide in Australia’, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, 12 (3) pp. 35-74.

Saroca, N. (2005) ‘Violence against migrant Filipino women in Australia: making men’s behaviour visible’, Review of Women’s Studies, 15 (2) pp. 113-139.