Completed PhD Dissertations

The dissertation is the capstone piece of the PhD education. It represents an independent and original piece of scholarship and demonstrates the doctoral candidate’s mastery of both content material and the research process. Doctoral candidates complete their dissertation after finishing coursework, passing their comprehensive exams and receiving approval for their thesis proposal from their dissertation committee.

Students work closely with their PhD supervisor and committee while conducting their PhD research and in writing the dissertation. The final product typically consists of three article-length chapters, an introduction and a conclusion.

We have been awarding doctorates in Sociology since 1963. The following table contains a list of dissertations completed since 2010. Most of the dissertations are available to the public in full text form in the university’s data repository T-Space.

Last NameFirst NameYear GraduatedDissertation Title
Abdalrahmanalaraj (Araj)Bader2011Harsh State Repression And Suicide Bombing: The Second Palestinian Intifada (Uprising), 2000-05
AbjiSalina2017Emerging Logics of Citizenship: Activism in Response to Precarious Migration and Gendered Violence in an Era of Securitization
AlexandrescuFilip Mihai2012Emerging Logics of Citizenship: Activism in Response to Precarious Migration and Gendered Violence in an Era of Securitization
ArmstrongPaul Alexander2013Species of Science Studies
BakerJayne2013Girl Power, Boy Power, Class Power: Class and Gender Reproduction in Elite Single-Gender Private Schools
Birdsell BauerLouise2018Precarious Professionals: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in Southern Ontario Universities
BlumerNadine Veronique2011From Victim Hierarchies to Memorial Networks: Berlin's Holocaust Memorial to Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism
CappeliezSarah2018More Than Just a Fine Drink: Processes of Cultural Translation, Taste Formation and Idealized Consumption in the Wine World
CampeauHolly2016Policing in unsettled times: An analysis of culture in the police organization
ChanElic2014Mahjonging Together: Distribution, Financial Capacity, and Activities of Asian Nonprofit Organizations in Canada
ChongPhilipa2014Understanding Critics: Evaluation from the Perspective of Book Reviewers
ChuaVincent Kynn Hong2010Social Capital And Inequality In Singapore
CookSteven2017Taking It To The Streets: A Comparative Analysis Of Violent Victimization, The Victim-Offender Overlap, And The Victim- Fear Relationship Among School And Street-Involved Youth In Toronto
CoteRochelle Renee2011Making Their Way in the Mainstream: Indigenous Entrepreneurs, Social Capital and Performance in Toronto's Marketplace
CurtisJosh2014Class Identification in Modern Democracies: A Comparative Study of its Sources and Effects
DaweMeghan 2018Stratification in the Canadian Legal Profession: The Role of Social Capital and Social Isolation in Shaping Lawyers’ Early Careers
De LaatKim2017The Shape Of Music To Come:Organizational, Ideational, And Creative Change In The North American Music Industry, 1990-2009
EastonMark2015Gender-Pay Inequality and Organizational Culture: A Multi-Organizational Analysis of Job-Evaluation Data
ElrickJennifer2016Family/Class: Race and Third-Order Immigration Policy Change in Post-War Canada
Fidler BrunoTara Leah2012Controlled, Encouraged or Adrift? Sources of Variation in Adolescent Substance Use
FrederickTyler Jarret2012Deciding How to Get By: Subsistence Choices among Homeless Youth in Toronto
Garcia del MoralPaulina2016Feminicidio, Transnational Legal Activism and State Responsibility in Mexico
GlavinPaul2012Perceived Job Insecurity and Health Across the Life Course
HahmannTara2015Contextualizing Unconventional Beliefs And Ritual Activity: A Case Study Of Moderate Risk And Problem Slot Machine Gamblers
HawkinsNaoko Shida2014Nativity Status and the Relationship between Education and Health: The Role of Work-Related and Psychosocial Resources
HayleSteven2017Towards A Sociology Of Harm Reduction: A Comparative Study Of Drug Policy Change In Canada And The United Kingdom Between The Years 1985 and 2017
HoLok See (Loretta)2012On Cultural Capital: Fine Tuning the Role of Barriers, Timing and Duration of Socialization, and Learning Experiences on Highbrow Musical Participation
HoeAlice2017Working in "Bad Jobs": Immigrants in the New Canadian Economy
InnocenteNathan2016The Perfect Storm: Institutional and Organizational Antecedents of Title Fraud in Ontario
JolyMarie-Pier2017Contexts of Exit and the Mental Health and Economic Incorporation of Migrants in Canada
KaidaLisa (Risa)2012Pathways to Successful Economic Integration: The Dynamics of Low Income and Low Wages among New Immigrants to Canada
KennedyTracy Lee Musing2011Weaving the Home Web: A Canadian Case Study of Internet Domestication
KennedyLiam2015"Reflections From Exile": Exploring Prisoner Writings at the Louisiana State Penitentiary
KolarKatarina 2018Differentiating the Drug Normalization Framework: A Mixed Methods Investigation of Substance Use among Undergraduate Students in Canada
KoltaiJonathan2018Socioeconomic Status, Stress Exposure, and Psychological Well-Being: Complexities in the Stress Process
KnudsonSarah Kathryn2012Cosmo Girls, Cheetah Boys and Creatures Unlike Any Other: Relationship Advice and Social Change in North America
LaxerEmily2016Democratic Struggles and the National Identity Formation: The Politics of Secularism in France and Quebec
MaasMark van der2015Sociology and the Problems of Problem Gambling Research: Connecting private troubles to public issues
MacKendrickNorah2011The Individualization of Risk as Responsibility and Citizenship: A Case Study of Chemical Body Burdens
MagnanAndre Jean Raymond2010The Canadian Wheat Board and the creative re- constitution of the Canada-UK wheat trade: wheat and bread in food regime history
MaiolinoElise2017Identity Matters: A Critical Analysis of Political Leaders in Canada
MajerskiMaria2017Networks of Mobility and Constraint: The Economic Integration of New Immigrants to Canada
McIvorMitchell D2018Student Debt & the University-to-Workforce Transition: The Role of Risk and Socio-Economic Background
MillerDiana2016Creative Producers and Gender Relations: A Field Analysis of Two Grassroots Music Scenes
MilliganScott2014Socially Cohesive Nations: Evidence from the Individual, Community and National Levels
MoGuang Ying2015How Does Diversity Impact Innovation in Research Network? A Multilevel Study of the GRAND NCE
MontazerShirin2012Country of Origin as a Modifier of the effect of Generation and Length of Residence on the Mental Health Outcomes of Immigrants to Canada
MoyserMelissa2015How Socioeconomic Status Shapes Individuals' Experiences of the Work-Family Interface in Canada
NagraBaljit2011Unequal Citizenship: Being Muslim and Canadian in the Post 9/11 Era
NowakJoanne2016Extending the Social Model of Migration and Incorporation to Include Migrant Occupational Communities: The Case of Ghanaian Nurses
O'NeilKristie2018The Relational Economy of Changing Diets: Reframing the Nutrition Transition
PattersonMatt2015Icons and Identity: A Study of Two Museums and the Battle to Define Toronto
PiekoszAgata2016Polish Catholic Priests in Canada and Ireland: Migration, Leadership, and the Mobility of Strangers
PikkovDeanna Lea2011The Practice of Voting: Immigrant Turnout, the Persistence of Origin Effects, and the Nature, Formation and Transmission of Political Habit
QuirouetteMarianne2017Risks, Needs and Reality Checks: Problem Solving Work with Multiply Disadvantaged People in Conflict with the Law
RangelJ. Cristian2018Reluctant Subjects: The Place of Gay Men in Canadian Media Discourse on HIV
ReidSarah2013Women, Work, and Family: Estimating Married Women's Status Achievement over their Careers
RodneyAlexandra2017Healthy is the New Thin: Representations of Femininity on Healthy Living Blogs
ShenJing2013The Joint Use of Formal and Informal Job Search Methods in China: Institutional Constraints, Working Mechanisms, and Advantages
ShvartsAlexander2010Elite Entrepreneurs From The Former Soviet Union: How They Made Their Millions
TianSiyue2016Living Arrangements and Intergenerational Support Among Immigrant and Canadian-born Seniors
VallerianiJenna2017The "Green Rush": Social Movements, Entrepreneur- ship and the Emerging Medical Cannabis Industry in Canada
WhiteheadKrista Lee2013Great Expectations: Maternal Ideation, Injustice and Entitlement in the Online Infertility Community
YoungMarisa2013The Impact of Neighbourhood Context on Work-Family Conflict and Psychological Distress
YuleCarolyn Frances2010Mothering in the Context of Criminalized Women's Lives:Implications for Offending
ZhangTony2017Contextual Effects and Support for Liberalism: A Comparative Analysis