Hansini Munasinghe

Hansini Munasinghe

PhD Student

University of Iowa

About Me

My name is Hansini Munasinghe (pronounced hun-si-nee moo-nuh-sing-huh).
I am a PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Iowa.

My research interests are in social stratification, including race, ethnicity, and gender; international migration; and political sociology. Drawing on both quantitative and qualitative approaches, my research aims to better understand how immigrants and their families navigate the social and political landscapes of their new home country.

What inspired me to become a sociologist was my experience of working as a freelance journalist in my home country, Sri Lanka. The diverse stories I encountered on my job inspired me to study society more closely.


  • Social Stratification
  • International Migration
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Gender and Family
  • Political Sociology
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods


  • PhD in Sociology, current

    University of Iowa

  • MA in Sociology, 2015

    University of Iowa

  • BSc in Sociology, 2013

    Iowa State University