Sheba M. George Ph.D.
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Multicultural Health and Health Disparities Core
2594 Industry Way
Lynwood, CA 90262
Dr. George received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Pomona
College in Claremont, California. She was awarded her M.A. and Ph.D.
degrees in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.
Since completing her doctorate, Dr. George has been a visiting scholar
at UCLA and has consulted on research projects for Kaiser Permanente's
Division of Research. Currently, she is completing a NIMH AIDS Research
Training postdoctoral fellowship in the Sociology Department at UCLA.
George is the co-author of Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections and
Imaginations in a Postmodern World (University of California Press,
2000). Her sole-authored second book, based on her dissertation work,
is titled "When Women Come First: Gender and Class in Transnational
Migration” (University of California Press, 2005,
http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9860.html). In this book, she
embarks from questions raised by an unusual immigration pattern where
women- Indian Christian nurses- migrate first and men follow, resulting
in the post immigration upward mobility for women and the concurrent
male loss of status. Using qualitative methods, she examines the
implications of this pattern in three spheres: work, home and immigrant
community. She also looks at how transnational ties back to the sending
community affect the reproduction and the transformation of gender
relations in the immigrant community.
George has several research interests, which fall under the umbrella of
her broader research concern about the intersection of race, class and
gender inequities and health disparities. Building on her dissertation
work, she is interested in qualitatively studying the medical
encounters between clinicians who are international medical graduates
and make up 25% of the U.S. medical workforce and their underserved,
multiethnic and often immigrant, urban patient populations. She is also
interested in the intersections of technology and health – particularly
in terms of how minority, urban patients and providers experience new
technologies such as telemedicine. Finally Dr.George is interested in
the experiences of and prevention efforts surrounding HIV/AIDS, both
domestically and internationally.
S. When Women Come First: Gender, Class and Transnational Ties in an
Immigrant Community. Berkeley: University of California Press, July
- Burawoy M, Blum J, George S, Gille Z, Gowan T,
Haney L, Klawiter M, Lopez S, O’Riain S, and Thayer M. Global
Ethnography: Forces, Connections and Imaginations in a Postmodern
World. California: University of California Press, 2000.
- Frankel R, Altschuler A, George S, Kinsman J, Jimison H, Robertson N , Hsu J
“Effects of exam-room computing on clinician-patient communication: A
Longitudinal Qualitative Study” Journal of General Internal Medicine.
2005, 20(8): 677-682.
S. “Why can’t They Just Get Along? An Analysis of Schisms in an Indian
Immigrant Church.” In Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific
America, edited by Jane Naomi Iwamura and Paul Spickard. New York:
- George S. “Dirty Nurses” and ‘Men
who Play’: Gender and Class in Transnational Migration.” In Global
Ethnography, Michael Burawoy et al. Berkeley: University of California
- George S. "Caroling with the Keralites:
The Negotiation of Gendered Space in an Indian Immigrant Church." In
Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious Communities and the New Immigration,
pp. 265-294, edited by R. Stephen Warner and Judith G. Wittner.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1998.