Dr. Diane Nititham

Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology Program Director

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Office: Faculty Hall 501B

Dr. Nititham's CV

PhD, Sociology, University College Dublin (UCD) – Dublin, Ireland
MA, Social and Cultural Foundations in Education, DePaul University
BA, Communication, DePaul University


Diaspora, migration, race/ethnicity, globalization; and transnational social practices; feminist critiques of home and belonging; critical pedagogy and social justice in education


Dr. Diane Sabenacio Nititham is  Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology and serves as the Sociology Program Director. Dr. Nititham has a Ph.D. in Sociology (University College Dublin, Ireland), an MA with distinction in Social and Cultural Foundations in Education (DePaul University), and a BA in Communication (DePaul University).

Her research interests include home/belonging, diaspora, and globalization. Her most recent book, Making Home in Diasporic Communities, was published in 2016 with Routledge. In 2017, she received the Murray State Emerging Scholar Award. Her teaching interests include Popular Culture, Sociology of Migration, Sociology of Education, Race/Ethnicity, and Globalization.

Currently, Dr. Nititham is working with the Radio Preservation Task Force, a project of the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board. Her focus is on locating, documenting, and preserving sound and audio materials from Filipino communities throughout the US.


SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology
HON 133 Honors Seminar in Sociology
SOC 269 Popular Culture
SOC 305 Social Issues
SOC 333 Sociology of Education
SOC 334 Sociology of Migration
SOC 337 Sociology of Inequality
SOC 343 Race and Ethnicity
SOC 465 Globalization


Nititham, D.S. (2016). Making Home in Diasporic Communities. (London: Routledge).

Nititham, D.S. and Boyd, R. eds. (2014). Heritage, Diaspora and the Consumption of Culture: Movements in Irish Landscapes. (London: Routledge).

O’Sullivan, S., McMahon, L., Moore, G., Nititham, D.S. Slevin, A., Kelly, C. and Wixted, L. (2014). “‘I Did Not Miss Any, Only When I Had a Valid Reason’: Accounting for Absences from Sociology Classes”. Teaching Sociology OnlineFirst, pp. 1-11.

Kelly,C., McMahon, L., Moore, G., Nititham-Tunney, D., O’Sullivan, S., Slevin, A., Wixted, L., (Under Review) “No reward, people aren’t going to come?” The introduction and withdrawal of incentives for attendance. Journal of Further and Higher Education.

Nititham, D.S. (December 2011) “Migration as Cultural Capital: The Ongoing Dependence on Overseas Filipino Workers”, Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, 48 (2).

Nititham, D.S. (2008) “Locating the self in diaspora space”, Translocations: The Irish Migration, Race and Social Transformation Review, 3 (1), pp. 1-17.