Sondra Cuban, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Adult and Higher Education


I am an educational sociologist and my areas of interest are in immigration and education, international and comparative education, adult and higher education, e-learning, and community technologies. I direct the Adult & Higher Education program in the Department of Health & Community Studies in Woodring College of Education.

I have worked in a range of educational settings including jails, libraries, community colleges, and non-profits, and with disenfranchised groups and non-traditional students. My 2013 publication, Deskilling Migrant Women in the Global Care Industry focuses on immigrant women caregivers in England and their aspirations, trajectories, and mobilities. 

My scholarship in the U.S. has focused on the nexus of economic justice and migrancy with Washington State as a case study. I examined ICT-based cross-border communication between immigrants and their transnational families, and the impact of family separation and reunification on language, labor, support, and their economic and social mobility. The findings are featured in my 2017 book, Transnational Family Communication: Immigrants and ICTs. I produced a documentary short as well, on an immigrant childcare worker which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, Tacoma Film Festival and the Local Sightings festival, and was featured on Alaska Airlines Shorts. See it here.

In a Seattle-based project, I focused on the ways under-represented community college students mentored immigrants and refugees transitioning out of homelessness, in a project sponsored by the Low-Income Housing Institute and WWU that was funded by the President of WWU. See project website

My Fulbright research project focuses on the mobilities of immigrant women in Chile. You can learn about it hereherehere and here. The findings are featured in my forthcoming book, Southern Migration Routes of Women: A Case Study of Chile (Palgrave Macmillan).