Research Briefs

Research in Brief

Our faculty and graduate students conduct groundbreaking research in a number of impactful areas of sociology. We have particular strengths in the areas of Crime and Law; Culture; Gender; Health and Mental Health; Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Networks and Community; Political Sociology; and Work, Stratification and Markets. We also have strengths in Sociological Theory and in both Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Read more about our areas on the Areas of Research Expertise Page. Our graduate students are also very active in the research program of the department, many of them publishing peer reviewed articles throughout their graduate career. Read about the graduate student publications and accolades in the Student Research section of the Department News page.

The faculty research briefs provided below are also available in our Research Excellence booklet available for download in Pdf format.  Download the 2018-19 Research ebook

Professor Jennifer Adese‘s research focuses on questions of visual sociology, representation, discourse, race, racism, and racialization, colonization and decolonization, and Indigeneity. Her work is anchored in the field of Indigenous Studies where she examines these questions in relation to literature and social and political movements, paying particular attention to Métis women. She has published on representation in the context of Indigenous social and political activism and is a co-investigator on a CIHR grant examining health determinants for pre-and post-natal Métis women in Alberta. She is also co-editor of two forthcoming volumes on Métis Studies and on the optic of Indigenous relations to celebrity culture.  Jennifer.adese@utoronto.ca
Professor Monica Alexander is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed to the Sociology and Statistical Sciences departments. Her research focuses on developing statistical methods to help measure and understand disparities in health outcomes. She works on methods which combine data from censuses and surveys, with non-traditional data sources, such as social media and administrative records, to understand bias and uncertainty in the measurement of outcomes. She has worked on demographic research with organizations such as UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and the Human Mortality Database. monica.alexander@utoronto.ca
Professor Zaheer Baber’s research focuses on the sociology of science and technology, with a special emphasis on science and empire, the internet and social activism, the culture of scientific research, visual sociology, university-industry-state relations, globalization, religion, race and ethnicity. He has recently conducted research into the role of botanical gardens in the co-production of botanical science and empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. zaheer.baber@utoronto.ca
Jayne BakerProfessor Jayne Baker’s research interests are all centrally connected to postsecondary education. They include the transition to higher education, the intersections of gender and field of study choice, and universities as gendered institutions. Her most recent research project in the field looks at the impact of university prestige on success in the labour market. Her second set of research interests are rooted in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is particularly interested in exploring learning and engagement in large classes, the effective integration of writing instruction, and active learning approaches. jayne.baker@utoronto.ca
Professor Shyon Baumann specializes in the sociological study of media and culture to address questions of cultural legitimacy and evaluation as well as social inequality. Past empirical topics include the film industry, gourmet food tastes, and television and print advertising. He is currently working on projects on political consumerism in food, the coverage of economic inequality in the news, and the industrial and alternative meat industries. This last project, with Professor Josée Johnston, is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. shyon.baumann@utoronto.ca
Ellen BerreyProfessor Ellen Berrey’s research examines law, racism, inequality, culture, and organizations to understand the politics and paradoxes of solving social problems. Her books and articles to date have explored organizational discourse on diversity, employment discrimination litigation, affirmative action, political and legal activism, sustainability politics, and gentrification. Her current projects investigate anti-racism student protests, affirmative action policy in U.S. higher education, benefit corporations and social entrepreneurship, and populist opposition to sustainability planning. ellen.berrey@utoronto.ca
Brent BerryProfessor Brent Berry researches health inequalities. He is interested in how complex causal processes operate over time to shape stratification and inequality, and is known for using innovative methods to provide a fresh perspective on old problems. His interests include physical activity, food marketing aimed at children, race and ethnic relations, housing, and segregation. He is also interested in the impact of economic stress on demographic patterns and on health outcomes. His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. brent.berry@utoronto.ca
Irene BoeckmannProfessor Irene Boeckmann studies how gender and parenthood shape labor market inequalities cross-nationally, and the role of public policies in addressing economic inequalities based on care responsibilities for children. Her current research examines how income and education shape couples’ organization of paid work before and after the transition to parenthood in the United States and three European countries. She is also collaborating on projects investigating how fatherhood impacts men’s earnings cross-nationally and across different cohorts of men in the United States. irene.boeckmann@utoronto.ca
Boyd, MonicaProfessor Monica Boyd, FRSC, Canada Research Chair in Immigration, Inequality and Public Policy, is an expert on immigration and on the gendered and racial dimensions of inequality. Her current interests include the social and economic integration of the children of immigrants, the labour market integration of immigrants and the recruitment and employment of migrant women in care work. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  monica.boyd@utoronto.ca
Professor Joseph M. Bryant is a historical sociologist and his primary scholarly interests are in the areas of philosophy of science, the sociology of culture (philosophy and religion, most notably), comparative world history and the “Great Divergence” problematic, and the ancient Mediterranean civilizations of Greece and Rome, with a specific focus on the rise of Christianity. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. joseph.bryant@utoronto.ca
Robert BrymProfessor Robert Brym, FRSC, SD Clark Professor of Sociology, studies the social bases of politics and social movements in Canada, Russia, and the Middle East and North Africa. Since 2000, his research has included work on the Canadian professoriate, the Russian state bureaucracy, collective and state violence in Israel and Palestine, public opinion in the Middle East and North Africa, and student protest in Canada. His research is supported mainly by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. rbrym@chass.utoronto.ca
Christian CaronProfessor Christian Caron’s research falls within two areas: the philosophy of social science and historical sociology; and the scholarship of teaching and learning and curriculum studies. For the former, his research puts reflexivity to work by using it as a lens to ‘make sense’ of the development, nature and role of Mannheim’s, Garfinkel’s, Gouldner’s and Bourdieu’s sociology. For the latter, he investigates the application of principles of active learning in course design and program design, the use of meaningful assessments, the fostering of collaborative learning strategies, and the promotion of student engagement in large classroom settings.  christian.caron@utoronto.ca
Clayton ChildressProfessor Clayton Childress’ research focuses on the creation, production, and consumption of culture, with books and book publishing as a frequent site of study. Current projects include data on the long-term consequences of the rewards system for the Booker Prize for Fiction, the creation and production of Nelson Mandela’s memoirs, the relationship between category blending and popularity for musicians and bands, and the generalizability of omnivorous tastes. cchildress@utsc.utoronto.ca
Professor Anna Katyn Chmielewski (cross-appointed) examines trends and patterns of educational inequality, both internationally and over time. Current and recent projects have investigated socio-economic disparities in academic achievement, school segregation, curricular differentiation/streaming/tracking, and the consequences of childhood inequality for university access and adult skills. Her research has been supported by SSHRC, the Spencer Foundation and the American Educational Research Association. ak.chmielewski@utoronto.ca
Hae Yeon ChooProfessor Hae Yeon Choo’s research centers on the intersections of gender, sexuality, transnational migration, and citizenship. Her current research examines the politics of land ownership in contemporary South Korea, delving into how the paradox of democratic citizenship emerges alongside deepening economic inequality. She has written on how inequalities of gender, race, and class affect migrants’ practice of rights through a comparative study of Filipina women in South Korea. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and by the National Research Foundation of Korea. hy.choo@utoronto.ca
Jennifer ChunProfessor Jennifer Jihye Chun studies the changing world of work and politics on the bottom rungs of the labour market, focusing on the nexus among gender, race, labour and migration. Currently, she is engaged in research collaborations on protest cultures in South Korea; global comparative approaches to studying informal and precarious worker organizing; immigrant workers and community organizing in California’s home care sector; and employment standards enforcement in Ontario. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Ford Foundation. jj.chun@utoronto.ca
Professor Randol Contreras is an urban ethnographer who uses field research to connect macro-level forces to the everyday and situational meaning-making of people. Specifically, he examines how the intersection of race, class, gender, place, and time shape the lives of marginal city residents.  He has written on illegal drug market violence in New York City and is currently doing field research on East Los Angeles gangs. r.contreras@utoronto.ca
Professor Cynthia Cranford studies the intersection of work, gender and international migration. She is currently conducting a collaborative comparative, qualitative analysis of the home care sectors of several cities in Canada and the U.S. at the levels of state policy, the labour market, and daily interactions between employers, workers and care recipients. The current study examines how the conditions of work vary based on the organization of work, and probes how new ways of organizing work might improve both its quality and the quality of care. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. c.cranford@utoronto.ca
Professor Scott Davies, Canada Research Chair in Data, Equity and Policy in Education (cross-appointed) has a research speciality in the Sociology of Education. His research projects have focused on the impact of summer learning on achievement gaps, varieties of educational organizations, and trajectories of student achievement over several years. He is co-author of four editions of The Schooled Society and co-editor of Education in a New Society.
Professor Ronit Dinovitzer is a sociologist of the professions. Her research on the legal profession draws together analyses of the professions with research in social policy, including the social organization of lawyers, the role of labour markets, and the effects of culture on professional work. She is currently involved in two national studies of lawyer careers (in Canada and the US), as well as a project on ethical decision-making and professional autonomy in large law firms. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. ronit.dinovitzer@utoronto.ca
Dokshin, FedorProfessor Fedor Dokshin studies social movements and political behaviour with a focus on the role of organizations and social networks. He uses primarily quantitative and computational approaches. His recent research examines how emerging energy industries become politically contested and how this contestation might influence regulation and policymaking, the emergence of new industries, and the distribution of health and environmental risks. fedor.dokshin@utoronto.ca
Professor Emine Fidan Elcioglu’s research focuses on class, race, and the politics of immigration and borders in North America. She is particularly interested in how and why citizens, who are not themselves impacted by immigration policy, nonetheless feel strongly compelled to engage in local struggles around immigration. Currently, she is completing a book that ethnographically explores this subject at the U.S.-Mexico border. fidan.elcioglu@utoronto.ca.
Professor Bonnie Erickson’s current research uses social network mapping to examine the networks within and between ethnic groups and the mainstream in Toronto, and to examine how contacts and cultures affect occupational attainment and ethnic self-image. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. erickson@chass.utoronto.ca
Professor Pat Erickson studies illicit drug use and drug policy, with particular emphasis on the application of harm reduction approaches. The normalization of cannabis has been a particular focus of recent work. She has conducted several studies of youth violence in relation to drug selling and firearms. Current research evaluates a new screening tool to assess mental health and substance use problems in Ontario youth who are held in custody facilities, and its impact on outcomes compared to standard practice. pat.erickson@utoronto.ca
Professor Luisa Farah Schwartzman’s research focuses on the relationship between ethnic and racial classification, social inequality and the nation-state. In her previous work, she researched the role of racial categorization processes in Brazil, and how these categories operated in policies to address inequality, such as affirmative action in Brazilian universities. While continuing her research on Brazil, she is also doing projects on racial and ethnic classification issues in Britain and Germany. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. luisa.fs@utoronto.ca
Professor Jerry Flores is an ethnographer who does research in the areas of intersectionality and crime, prison studies, Latina/o sociology and work on the school to prison pipeline. As a whole, his work investigates how race, class, gender, sexuality and other identities influence people’s trajectories through the educational and penal institutions. His new work will investigate issues related to mental health and policing, and the use of video ethnography. jerry.flores@utoronto.ca
Professor Ethan Fosse’s research focuses on demographic approaches to social and cultural change. He is working primarily on three interrelated projects: first, creating a new set of techniques for identifying age-period-cohort effects, with wide application in sociology and related fields; second, explaining social and cultural change, focusing on the economic, religious, and political views of recent birth cohorts; finally, developing and applying tools such as text regression or, more generally, high-dimensional sparse regression models, to quantitatively analyze textual data. In addition, building off his work on age-period-cohort models, he has recently begun a project analyzing the consequences of downward socioeconomic mobility.
Professor Bonnie Fox is interested in a variety of aspects of gender inequality. Her past work has been on gender segregation in the labour force, the social relations of childbirth, changes in heterosexual couples’ relationships in the transition to parenthood, changing family patterns, feminist theory, and the impact of restructuring on workers’ well-being.  Her current research and writing are on motherhood. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. bfox@chass.utoronto.ca
Philip GoodmanProfessor Phil Goodman’s research focuses on punishment, prisons, identity, race/ethnicity, and work in carceral institutions. He is particularly interested in the diverse spectrum of prisoners’ experiences across institutions of confinement. He has two currently-funded projects: one studying punishment in Canada through the lens of prison farms and the other studying the ways in which ex-prisoners navigate the barriers to re-entry into society. His research is supported by the Connaught fund and by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. p.goodman@utoronto.ca
Professor Robin Gray’s research explores the social, legal, discursive and material realities of settler colonialism, and the politics of Indigeneity in historical and contemporary view. She is interested in how society comes to “know” Indigenous people, how Indigenous people navigate the settler colonial condition, and how people and institutions respond to Indigenous claims for ownership, access and control of Indigenous cultural heritage. Her current project in this area uses multi-sited ethnography, community-based research, decolonial theory and methodology, and Ts’msyen law to explore the dynamics of repatriating Ts’msyen songs from archives to her community. robin.gray@utoronto.ca
Professor Adam Isaiah Green’s areas of research include the sociology of sexuality, gender, medical sociology, HIV/AIDS and theory. He has conducted considerable research into the gay sexual subcultures in New York City and downtown Toronto to understand erotic sites in terms of field theory. He also has projects exploring same sex marriage and the history of HIV prevention in the United States and Canada. His work has been supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. adamisaiah.green@utoronto.ca
Professor Angelina Grigoryeva’s research lies at the intersection of economic sociology, organizations, social demography, and inequality and stratification.  Her research agenda can be organized around two themes. First, she examines changes in household financial lives in the course of financialization of the U.S. economy and their implications for inequality. Second, she examines how gender and race shape economic activity, including both paid work and unpaid family labour. angelina.grigoryeva@utoronto.ca
John HanniganProfessor John Hannigan is an urban/environmental sociologist who focuses on the social construction of issues and policies in a variety of settings ranging from smart growth/cities networks to fracking (methane gas drilling) to the international politics of natural disasters. In his most recent book, The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans, he argues that our understanding of the deep depends on whether we see it primarily as a resource cornucopia, a global political chessboard, a shared commons, or a unique and threatened ecology. john.hannigan@utoronto.ca
Professor Joe Hermer is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He studies crime and poverty in urban settings. His research specializes in the aesthetics, ideas and programs of policing and regulation with a special interest in poverty and vulnerable populations. hermer@utsc.utoronto.ca
Steve G. HoffmanProfessor Steve G. Hoffman is a theorist and ethnographer interested in the politics of knowledge production. His work primarily engages with science and technology studies, organizational behaviour, cultural sociology, political sociology, and social policy. His current projects include a comparative ethnography of Artificial Intelligence labs as they endeavour to remake what counts as science in an era of academic capitalism, an examination of how knowledge about large-scale socio-technical disasters gets created and used, and a general rethinking of social constructionism for twenty-first-century social science. steve.hoffman@utoronto.ca
Professor Ping-Chun Hsiung studies knowledge production and ignorance perpetuation in local and global contexts. In a SSHRC-funded project, she uses historical ethnography, archival research, and in-depth interviews to examine investigative research during China’s Great Leap Forward (1958-62). In a Ford Foundation-funded project, she collaborates with Chinese women’s NGOs to analyze rural women’s participation in local governance in China (1995-2015). Professor Hsiung facilitates and contributes to critical dialogues across the core/periphery, Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal, and science/social science divides to advance the interpretative paradigm of social science inquiry, and is the founder and chair of the Forum of Critical Chinese Qualitative Research. pchsiung@utsc.utoronto.ca

Professor Nathan Innocente
studies punishment, pedagogy, and crime and organizations. His research examines youth criminal justice diversion, learning and engagement in large classes, and how institutional shifts and identity theft create opportunities for real estate fraud. His current research examines problem-based learning in criminology, systemic opportunities for white-collar crime in the mortgage industry, and the intersection between culture, organizations, and forms of white-collar and organized crime.  nathan.innocente@utoronto.ca
Professor Josée Johnston’s research is the sociological study of food, consumption and gender.  Her work examines discourses of gourmet cuisine and ethical consumption, and investigates how consumers use food as a source of social status and an avenue for social transformation. Johnston’s most recent book project studies the connections between food and femininity. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, The Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and by the Province of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award. josee.johnston@utoronto.ca
John KervinProfessor John Kervin specializes in the sociology of work. He has researched labour relations and strikes, work group performance, and gender differences in occupations and earnings. Currently, he is examining how organization culture contributes to gender bias in wages and the sex segregation of jobs. He is also studying bias and measurement errors in job evaluation systems relevant to pay equity disputes. john.kervin@utoronto.ca
Anna KortewegProfessor Anna Korteweg studies gender and immigrant integration processes in Western Europe and Canada. She looks at the impact of public debate on policymaking and the formation of national narratives, focusing on such topics as headscarves, burkas, Sharia or Islamic law, honour-related violence, and multiculturalism. She has also recently begun work on a project studying the gendered and gendering effects of the increasing precariousness of residence status in Canada. Her research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. anna.korteweg@utoronto.ca
Candace KruttschnittProfessor Candace Kruttschnitt’s research focuses on female offending and victimization. She is currently working on two projects: one which studies gender differences in the life experiences that lead to imprisonment in the Netherlands, and a second focusing on the life experiences and reflected appraisals of persistent male and female offenders incarcerated in Pennsylvania. Her research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Nederlandse Organisatie boor Wetenschapppelijk in the Netherlands. c.kruttschnitt@utoronto.ca
Patricia LandoltProfessor Patricia Landolt’s research focuses on international migration, transnationalism, legal status, social exclusion and citizenship. She has conducted research on Salvadoran transnational migration, Latin American refugee political incorporation, racialized workers’ experiences of precarious work and income security, and the ways these intersect with precarious legal status.  One of her current projects focuses on access to schooling for precarious legal status students in the City of Toronto. A second project examines the legal status as a new fault line in Canadian society and involves a survey and case studies on the relationship between precarious work and precarious legal status over time. landolt@utsc.utoronto.ca
Rachel LaToucheProfessor Rachel La Touche’s research examines inequality at the level of interaction, and within the social contexts that individuals routinely participate. Primarily, she is interested in how race, class, gender and status-based inequalities shape interpersonal relationships. She is currently conducting a collaborative study about how institutions of higher education structure the mental health experiences and outcomes of those within them. In an upcoming project, she will examine how marginalized identities are confronted, evaluated and navigated in university classroom settings. rachel.latouche@utoronto.ca
Professor Jooyoung Lee is an urban ethnographer who writes about gun violence, health disparities, gangs, emotions, creativity, and Hip Hop culture. He has conducted an ethnography of aspiring rappers from Project Blowed, South Central LA’s oldest Hip Hop open mic. He is currently writing about gunshot victims in Philadelphia and has an ongoing methodological study of videos. He has an ongoing project studying how murders transform families and communities, and is collaborating with Julian Tanner, Pat Erickson, and Scot Wortley on a SSHRC-funded project about youth gun involvement in Toronto. Professor Lee also has Connaught funding. jooy.lee@utoronto.ca
Professor Yoonkyung Lee is a political sociologist specializing labour politics, social movements, political representation, and the political economy of neoliberalism with a regional focus on East Asia. Her research probes how socially marginalized actors mobilize to gain a social and political voice and how they interact with civil society and political institutions. Her current research project traces the historical formation of political opposition in Korea, the politics of which has been shaped equally by a strong state and a vocal democracy movement. Another stream of research focuses on diverse modes of labour’s reaction to rising socioeconomic inequality in East Asia. yoonkyung.lee@utoronto.ca
Professor Vanina Leschziner works in the areas of theory, culture, cognition, and organizations. She specializes in the study of the social logic of cultural creation. Her research has focused on the highly stratified world of elite chefs in the U.S., where she has examined the culinary styles, careers, cognitive patterns, status and social networks of chefs to develop a theory to explain the patterning of cultural creation. She is also involved in a project that investigates intellectuals’ struggles for reputation and authority in the academic world and the public sphere. vanina.leschziner@utoronto.ca
Ron LeviProfessor Ron Levi focuses on the internationalization of law and crime, and the social dimensions of how we respond to urban crime, mass violence, and atrocities. He is particularly interested in connecting comparative and historical sociology, the sociology of law, and cultural sociology. Drawing largely on the tradition of Bourdieusian sociology, his current work includes projects on expertise, fields, and justifications in international justice, and claims to recognition in domestic and international contexts. Professor Levi also directs the Global Justice Lab in the Munk School of Global Affairs, a multidisciplinary research laboratory focusing on justice systems under stress and strain. ron.levi@utoronto.ca
Kathy LiddleProfessor Kathy Liddle’s research interests lie at the intersection of the fields of culture, organizations, and gender/sexuality. Her research project on feminist bookstores explores the contexts of their emergence and decline; the challenges and opportunities presented by blending market and feminist logics of organizing; and how these stores contributed to fostering feminist thought in general and lesbian-feminist community in particular. She has also been involved in research projects dealing with the orchestral music canon, mainstream female recording artists, and music festivals. Professor Liddle also has a strong interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning. kathy.liddle@utoronto.ca
Sida LiuProfessor Sida Liu’s research interests include the sociology of law, organizations and professions, criminal justice, globalization, and social theory. He has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession, including the globalization of corporate law firms, the political mobilization of criminal defense lawyers, the feminization of judges, and the career mobility of law practitioners. He also writes on sociolegal theory and general social theory, particularly theories of social space and social process following the tradition of Georg Simmel and the Chicago School of sociology. sd.liu@utoronto.ca
William MageeProfessor William Magee is particularly interested in the moral and emotional aspects of social and personal problems. In much of his work he has taken a life-course approach to the study of class, race and/or gender inequalities in specific forms of ill-being (e.g. forms of anxiety, distress, and anger), or well-being (e.g. pride, optimism and satisfaction). More generally, he is interested in the understanding how social and personal problems are assembled, or embedded within “assemblages”. Current projects attempt to integrate the above with the study of practices (e.g., health-related practices, such as smoking). william.magee@utoronto.ca
Neda MaghboulehProfessor Neda Maghbouleh researches the lives of immigrants from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region to North America. Her first book, published in 2017, analyzes how the children of Iranian immigrants live at the “limits of whiteness” in the United States. She has begun two new collaborative projects that further her work on racism and Islamophobia: the first (with colleagues at UofT Sociology and funded by SSHRC and the Ontario Early Researcher Award) addresses the integration and mental health of Syrian refugee newcomers in Toronto; another (with colleagues in the U.S.) uses experimental survey research to measure and theorize a “new U.S. ethno-racial hierarchy.” neda.maghbouleh@utoronto.ca
Alexandra MarinProfessor Alexandra Marin studies social networks: how they change, how they transmit information, and how to measure them. In her work on how job information flows through networks, she has uncovered the importance of agency and decision-making in the information-flow process. Marin’s research on network change seeks to understand how and why some relationships fade over time and simultaneously to develop and test innovative new methods of data collection. Her methodological innovations seek to reduce respondent burden while rigorously collecting reliable data. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline. alexandra.marin@utoronto.ca
Paula MauruttoProfessor Paula Maurutto studies the intersection between social policy and criminal justice. Her research contributes to the areas of punishment, risk theory, surveillance and the nonprofit sector. Her current project examines how community organizations are reshaping legal practices in specialized courts. Other areas of her research focus on of the impact of risk assessments and criminal records on marginalized populations. Her work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. p.maurutto@utoronto.ca
Andrew MilesProfessor Andrew Miles examines how work in cultural sociology, social psychology, and cognitive science can be synthesized to develop better models of human action, focusing particularly on values, identities, and dual-process cognition. He also explores how moral cultures are learned and the effects they have on behavior and emotions. He also (periodically) dabbles in quantitative methods. His current projects include a SSHRC-funded study of how morality is learned at home and at school, and a Connaught-funded study of the emotional consequences of living up to different types of moral commitments. andrew.miles@utoronto.com
Professor Melissa Milkie’s research focuses on structural and cultural changes in gender, work and family life over recent decades and how parenting and work-family configurations are linked to mental health and well-being for women and men. Recently, she has examined time allocations of and time pressures on parents; work-family conflicts and health; and cultural contestations of fathering and mothering in media. Current projects include 1) changing values regarding socializing children 2) teens’ vs. parents’ perceptions of time together and 3) parental strains among Syrian refugee mothers. Her research has been supported by SSHRC and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. melissa.milkie@utoronto.ca
Professor Ann Mullen works in the areas of the sociology of education, culture, and gender.  Her research has focused on access and social stratification within the higher education system, gender segregation of fields of study, and competing cultural narratives about the purpose and value of higher education.  She is also conducting a study to assess the relative value of bachelors’ degrees from three Ontario universities.  Her current project is a qualitative study of the meaning making practices of conceptual artists and art galleries. mullen@utsc.utoronto.ca
Akwasi Owusu-BempahProfessor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah’s research is focused on policing; youth marginalization and exclusion; and race, ethnicity and crime. He is particularly interested in how people of the African Diaspora (African Canadians, African Americans) perceive and experience law enforcement and punishment. His current research examines public perceptions of criminal (in)justice. A second project explores the growth of Black and Indigenous prisoners within Canada’s federal correctional system.  a.o.bempah@utoronto.ca
Professor Elise Paradis, Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Healthcare Practice, studies the discourses and practices of collaborative care delivery. Her current research explores how collaboration became such a prevalent solution in Canadian healthcare, and how the realities of clinical practice today—in the primary care and operating room contexts—challenge our beliefs about collaborative care. She is interested the intersections between medicine and gender, bodies, education, and technology. Her research is supported mainly by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. elise.paradis@utoronto.ca
Professor Ito Peng, Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy, conducts internationally comparative research focused on family, gender, and labour market issues in social policy. She is leading a large collaborative study focusing on gender and the international migration of care workers. This SSHRC-funded project brings together over 50 researchers, policymakers, and non-academic partners to bring understanding to the complex issues that are arising as women are increasingly migrating from low and middle-income countries to perform care work in wealthier countries. ito.peng@utoronto.ca
Kim PernellProfessor Kim Pernell, Canada Research Chair in Economic Sociology, studies the organizational processes and institutional conditions that facilitate risky, ineffective, and harmful behaviour in financial markets. One current project uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the historical development of systems of banking regulation in Canada, the U.S., and Spain. A second project focuses on the drivers of bank risk-taking, while a third project examines the relationship between changes in banking and finance and rising socioeconomic inequality. kim.pernell.gallagher@utoronto.ca
David PettinicchioProfessor David Pettinicchio’s work is at the intersection of social policy, political sociology and socioeconomic inequality. He is developing a book titled “Empowering Government” which investigates the ways in which political entrepreneurship, nonprofit advocacy and grassroots activism shape policy change. Another project examines the impact of policymaking, implementation and judicial interpretation on employment and earnings outcomes among people with disabilities. His current study, funded by SSHRC a Connaught Grant and an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario. It uses audit-based methods to learn the effects of disability employment discrimination on labour market outcomes in Canada. d.pettinicchio@utoronto.ca.
Plys, KristinProfessor Kristin Plys’ research sits at the intersection of political economy, postcolonial theory, sociology of development, labour and labour movements, historical sociology, and global area studies. The greater part of her intellectual work analyses the historical trajectory of global capitalism as seen from working class and anti-colonial movements in the Global South. This research program has led her to take a particular interest in “Third World” political economy in the mid-20th century, shifts in the global trade balance between Early Modern Europe and Asia, and the theories of political economy that help to analyse these historical phenomena. kristin.plys@utoronto.ca
Jasmine RaultProfessor Jasmine Rault’s research focuses on sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity as axes of power, social change and aesthetic potentiality. Her work takes queer feminist approaches to architecture and design (both material and digital), online research ethics and economies, and questions of sexuality in transnational arts and social movements. She is currently working on the techno-social history of ‘openness’ since the late nineteenth century, and a collaborative project, “A Digital Research Ethics Collaboratory for Minor(itized) Materials” (with Dr. T.L. Cowan), to reimagine online research, publishing and archiving protocols that prioritize decolonizing, trans- feminist, queer, Indigenous and Black methodologies (funded by SSHRC). jas.rault@utoronto.ca
Professor Jeffrey Reitz, FRSC, R. F. Harney Chair in Ethnic and Immigration Studies, studies social and economic impacts of immigration in Canada, with international comparisons.  His current research examines the experience of Muslim immigration in France, Quebec and Canada, including social, economic and political dimensions and is supported by a Marie Curie International Fellowship from the European Commission, and a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Recent studies have examined employment trends in immigrant groups, gender inequality and religious affiliations of immigrants, and the sociology of multiculturalism in Canada.  jeffrey.reitz@utoronto.ca
Ashley RubinProfessor Ashley Rubin studies punishment from sociological and historical perspectives. Her primary research examines the dynamics of penal change and stasis within individual criminal justice organizations and society at large. She has several projects examining the causes and consequences of the American prison’s emergence, diffusion, and maturation. Her research also critically examines the consequences of penal reforms and the relationship between new and established punishments. In a second line of research, Rubin examines the causes, consequences, and nature of prisoner behaviour often described as “resistance.” ashley.rubin@utoronto.ca
Professor Rania Salem’s research lies at the intersection of the sociology of families, gender studies, and economic sociology. She is currently studying the implications of matrimonial expenditures in Egypt for marriage timing, women’s power within marriage, and secret marriages. She is also collaborating on projects that investigate interactions between rural Egyptian women’s work and intimate partner violence, that explore the relationship between women’s work and agency in Egypt, and that examine kin influences on young Qatari women’s transitions into the labour force. Her research is funded by the World Bank, the Economic Research Forum, and the Qatar National Research Fund. rsalem@utsc.utoronto.ca
Markus SchaferProfessor Markus Schafer studies the impact of early life events and experiences for various elements of health and well-being later in the life course; the role of health in shaping social networks, particularly in later life; and the importance of social networks and social support for mental and physical health and well-being. His research is supported by the Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award program. markus.schafer@utoronto.ca
Professor Scott Schieman, Canada Research Chair in the Social Contexts and Health, researches the links between social-structural arrangements and the inner lives of individuals. A major line of his research studies the mental health effects of work-related stress and the intersection of family and work life. One main interest focuses on the stress of higher status and its implications for the status-health relationship in the population. His other main research interest examines the interrelationships among personal religiousness, stress, and well-being. His research is supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. scott.schieman@utoronto.ca
Erik SchneiderhanProfessor Erik Schneiderhan is interested in relational dynamics and communication. One branch of his research studies nineteenth-century charity in the United States and Canada, in conjunction with an exploration of pragmatist theory. A second line of research focuses on the power of deliberation in citizen assemblies, especially where individuals of different ethnicities need to come together and jointly make decisions. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. e.schneiderhan@utoronto.ca
Professor Tahseen Shams’ research interests are in the areas of international migration, globalization, race/ethnicity, nationalism, and religion. The overarching question that ties her research interests together is how transnational, global forms of inequality intersect with race and ethnicity to affect immigrant groups, particularly those coming from Muslim-majority countries to the United States and Canada. She is currently writing a book on how global geopolitics shapes Muslim American and immigrant identities. tahseen.shams@utoronto.ca
Daniel Silver has research areas in social theory, cities, culture, and cultural policy. His current research examines the role of arts and culture in city politics, economics, and residential patterns; the enduring political orders of cities; the use of diagrams and figures in social theory; the evolution of urban forms; the meaning and reception of Georg Simmel’s ideas; and the definition and evolution of classics and canons in sociological theory.  Silver is also a core participant in The Scenes Project, details about which may be found here, and the Urban Genome Project. dsilver@utsc.utoronto.ca
Professor Michelle Silver studies how cumulative life experiences influence health, well-being, and adaptation to later life course transitions. Her current work focuses on the relationship between work identity and retirement; perceptions about aging; embodiment, aging and resilience; and health information seeking behaviours. She is also interested in later life gender disparities in life expectancy and pensions.  michelle.silver@utoronto.ca
Professor Nicholas Spence’s research centers on social inequality, health services, and policy. He studies a wide range of health and well-being issues, such as obesity, chronic disease, gene-environment interactions, safe water, infectious disease, pandemics, mental health, addictions, economic development, education, and labor markets.  nicholas.spence@utoronto.ca
Professor Gail Super’s research focuses on state and non-state punishment, penality, penal policy-making and, collective violence. She currently holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant which investigates community based crime prevention and punishment in marginalized former black townships in South Africa. The project investigates how the initially lawful activities of community based structures sometimes collapse into unlawful punishment; the disjuncture between community level attitudes towards crime and punishment and liberal penal values, such as the right  to a fair trial and to bail and; how the state – as embodied in police actions and court proceedings – frames incidents of vigilantism. gail.super@utoronto.ca
Julian TannerProfessor Julian Tanner explores youth gangs, youth culture and criminality in Toronto. His current research project studies the gun-involved youth in Toronto. This project seeks to learn how youth think about, obtain and use guns; how gender, race and ethnicity influence youth gun culture; and how neighbourhoods and gang contexts play a role in young people’s use and understanding of guns. This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. julian.tanner@utoronto.ca
Professor Judith Taylor studies feminist women’s movements, especially during periods of retrenchment. She is also engaged in a collaborative project with Professor Ronit Dinovitzer and others, that examines political and ethnic identity formation of youth involved in the Israeli Taglit movement.  Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. jtaylor@chass.utoronto.ca
Lorne TeppermanProfessor Lorne Tepperman’s research addresses issues related to social inequality, social problems, and health. He is currently engaged in projects on Aboriginal youth gambling and traumatic brain injury associated with falls and motor vehicle accidents — research supported by the Ontario Problem Gambling Centre and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. He is also coauthoring books on social inequality and flow processes. lorne.tepperman@utoronto.ca
Professor Jack Veugelers studies social movements, voluntary associations, political parties, inter-generational politics, and relations between state and society in policymaking.  Recent projects explore immigration politics and the social bases of the far right in contemporary France and Italy. His research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. jack.veugelers@utoronto.ca
Sandy WelshProfessor Sandy Welsh’s primary research examines workplace harassment and violence.  Current research explores how changes in federal and provincial regulations affect the adoption and implementation of workplace harassment and work-family policies in Canadian corporations. Ongoing research collaborations focus on the regulation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine occupations and pharmacists’ professional responsibilities concerning natural health products. Her research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, The Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Status of Women Canada and other foundations. sandy.welsh@utoronto.ca
Professor Blair Wheaton studies the social foundations of mental health. He is particularly interested in effects over time, the life course, and neighbourhood contexts. Current projects include a major Toronto survey on neighbourhood and health, a long-term follow up of children interviewed  between 1992-1996 focusing on family and work patterns, and development of a new method for studying the impacts of residential life histories over the entire life course. His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.  blair.wheaton@utoronto.ca
Geoff WodtkeProfessor Geoffrey Wodtke studies the effects of exposure to concentrated neighbourhood poverty on child development, the contextual- and individual-level determinants of intergroup attitudes, and the causes and consequence of growing income inequality in modern industrial societies. His recent work on these topics examines the interaction between family poverty and neighbourhood poverty in their effects on children’s educational attainment; the relationship between cognitive ability, racial prejudice, and racial policy attitudes; and long-term trends in the distribution of income between business owners, managers, and non-managerial workers in the United States. geoffrey.wodtke@utoronto.ca
Professor Weiguo Zhang studies social change and family dynamics in China and aging and well-being of Chinese seniors in Canada. His research explores marriage patterns, the welfare of the elderly, the adoption of children, and changing roles of women in Chinese families. His research also investigates the effects of the intersection of gender, ethnicity, and migration status on aging experiences of Chinese Canadians. His research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. weiguo.zhang@utoronto.ca