Sharmini Gingras started working on her Ph.D. at the Political Science Department at CSU in 2013. She is currently working on research on the potential of green jobs in increasing social benefits to those in developing countries. She is originally from Malaysia and she moved to the United States in 2003 in order to be closer to her husband’s family in Colorado. Prior to the Ph.D., Sharmini received a law degree from the University of London and passed the Malaysian Bar exams in 1998. Subsequently, she decided to pursue a career in teaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has taught English Constitutional Law, Land Law and Australian Administrative and Constitutional Law for partner universities such as Oxford Brookes University, the University of London and the University of Tasmania. Her interest in politics and law then led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Law in areas such as International Constitutional Law, Advanced Administrative Law, International Human Rights Law and Environmental Law. During this phase, she developed a greater understanding of the nuances in the way politics operated and is understood in various systems. She also gained greater insight as to the capacity of the political system to protect the environment.
After moving to the United States, Sharmini has worked in several places where she has been able to hone her analytical, teaching and research skills. She has worked with several legal firms to conduct research and she has also continued to engage with various international cultures through her work as a language instructor at CSU. As a Ph.D. student at CSU, Sharmini has had the privilege of working with Dr. Dimitris Stevis in developing the understanding of green jobs in South East Asia. It is a continuation of her pursuit from her previous graduate work in understanding the different ways that environmental employment can be understood and implemented in the South East Asia region. She asks questions like: How have green jobs ensured that equality among countries is cultivated? And in what ways do green jobs protect the environment? While pursuing her Ph.D., she has also assisted in courses such as International Relations, Comparative Politics and Current World Problems – all of which have helped her to develop as a student and will help her as an instructor in the political science field. Her participation in global dialogue pertaining to green jobs through the Green Jobs Asia Pacific Knowledge Group (initiated by the International Labor Organization) and the Future Earth Roundtable Events (organized by SoGES) have helped her to expand her knowledge and networking capacity. Sharmini speaks 4 languages and in her free time spends quality time with her two daughters and husband in community based activities. She is also an artist and displays her artwork around the city when time permits her to do so.