Sharon Placide is an instructor in the department of sociology at Florida Atlantic University, Boca campus. Her research explored the impact of the U.S. social constructions of race, particularly the “one-drop” rule, on the identity of racially mixed Jamaicans immigrants in South Florida. The study took the theoretical framework of boundary-work which investigates how people exercise their agency to create, maintain and reinforce social boundaries—in this case around race—leading to in-groups and out-groups.
Dr. Placide has over 16 years experience working closely with students as an instructor and administrator. Her experience includes teaching interdisciplinary team-taught honors courses, co-directing a study abroad program to Spain, recruitment and retention, and directing co-curricular programs including internships, lectures and colloquia, and community engagement.