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Dr. Ellen Berrey studies the spread of student-led social justice movements

Professor Ellen Berrey recently received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to investigate student protests and universities’ responses in the U.S. and Canada, with a focus on anti-racism mobilization. She and her collaborator, Dr. Alex Hanna (Google, Inc.), are working with a team of student research assistants to gather and analyze data from student newspapers chronicling … Read More

Professor Dan Silver seeks empirical knowledge to define the sociological “canon”

With funding from a SSHRC Insight Grant, Professor Dan Silver has recently commenced research seeking to understand how the theory taught in Sociology departments reflects the discipline’s understanding of its “canon.”  Sociology is distinctive as a discipline for holding a core group of theorists as core to its identity as a discipline.  All departments teach … Read More

Professor Geoffrey Wodtke examines the impact of poverty on child academic development

Professor Geoffrey Wodtke has recently received a SSHRC Insight Grant to research the impact of spatially concentrated poverty on child academic achievement in Canada and the U.S. While a large volume of research connects neighbourhood poverty and child development, scholars remain puzzled as to the particular ways that neighbourhood affects children.  Many scholars and policymakers … Read More

Dr. Andrew Miles Featured in UTM’s “The Medium”

The University of Toronto Mississauga’s student newspaper, The Medium,  recently published an interview with Professor Andrew Miles. The article focused on Miles’ newly funded research that asks whether adhering to morals can make people happy. His study, “Living Right, Feeling Good: The Effects of Moral Action on Positive Emotion,” focuses on understanding human behaviour (why … Read More

The UTM Office of Vice-Principal profiles Professor Gail Super

As part of their series, #MeetTheNewProfs, the UTM Office of the Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean has posted a profile of Professor Gail Super on their website. Professor Gail Super joined the faculty at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in 2017. Her research focuses on the  sociology of punishment, … Read More

UTM News Professor Kristin Plys interviewed by UTM News regarding her India Coffee House research

Congratulations to Professor Kristin Plys who recently received the  Connaught Funding to study coffee houses as a site of anti-authoritarian protest in India and Pakistan in the early and mid 20th century. Professor Plys is an associate professor of Sociology with teaching responsibilities  at UTM. Her research sits at the intersection of political economy, postcolonial theory, … Read More

Professor Patricia Landolt receives Partnership Development Grant

Congratulations to Professor Patricia Landolt, who recently received a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. The grant provides support to develop research and to design and test new partnership approaches within areas of social sciences and humanities.  With this grant, Professor Landolt will study how precarious noncitizenship affects the experience of migrants in Canada. She will pursue this project … Read More

Dr. Sida Liu analyses how globalization affects the Chinese legal services market

Dr. Sida Liu received an SSHRC Insight Grant to study the dynamics of globalization and social interactions among the legal professions in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. His work will uncover how the legal professions in Taiwan and Hong Kong respond and adapt to the rise of China’s business corporations and law firms, and develop an … Read More

Congratulations to the 2018 SSHRC Graduate Fellowship Recipients

This year, six of our PhD students received fellowships from SSHRC. One received Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships and the other five received SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships. This funding will provide them with support for one to four years. Although all students in the University of Toronto graduate programs have a guaranteed funding package, … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Neda Maghbouleh, recipient of an Ontario Early Research Award

Congratulations to Professor Neda Maghbouleh who was recently awarded with one of this year’s Province of Ontario’s Early Researcher Awards. The goal of the Early Researcher Award is to help early career researchers build their research teams. Funded by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Sciences, the Early Researcher Award provides five years of research … Read More

Professor Ronit Dinovitzer and PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Associate Sociology Professor Ronit Dinovitzer and PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai were recently featured in the Canadian Lawyer Magazine discussing their research on mental health in the legal profession. The article highlights the research presented by Professor Dinovitzer and Koltai during a conference hosted by the Action Group on Access To Justice’s “Access to Justice Week.”  … Read More

Congratulations to the 2017 SSHRC PhD Fellowship Recipients

This year, eight of our PhD students received fellowships from SSHRC. Four received Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program—Doctoral Scholarships and the other four received SSHRC Doctoral Fellowships. This funding will provide them with support for one to four years. Although all students in the University of Toronto graduate programs have a guaranteed funding package, … Read More

Professor Irene Boeckmann’s Connaught-funded project asks how fatherhood affects careers in 33 countries

Professor Irene Boeckmann has recently received a Connaught New Researcher Award to begin a major project studying the variations in the impact of fatherhood across different national contexts. The Connaught program seeks to help new tenure stream faculty members at the University of Toronto establish competitive research programs. Professor Boeckmann’s research probes the phenomenon known … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah’s new research project looks into the connection between the representation of black criminality Toronto and growing Black incarceration

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah has recently received a Connaught New Researcher Award to pursue research into the representation of black criminality in Toronto. Professor Owusu-Bempah’s research addresses a context in which Canada’s Black federal prison population has increased dramatically – from 767 Black inmates in 2005 to 1,340 in 2015. This period coincided with growing public … Read More

Professor Sida Liu’s newly funded project studies lawyers in East Asia to understand the spatial consequences of globalization

Professor Sida Liu recently received funding from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange to pursue research on the geographic integration of lawyers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. Although globalization is often understood as a process of institutional diffusion and creative destruction, Professor Liu argues that it is also a process of spatial … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Kim Pernell, Canada Research Chair in Economic Sociology

Professor Kim Pernell was recently confirmed as the Sociology Department’s latest Canada Research Chair. This honour recognizes Professor Pernell’s academic achievements and her contributions to the emerging field of economic sociology. As a scholar early in her career, Professor Pernell received a Tier II Canada Research Chair which identifies her as an “exceptional emerging researcher” … Read More

Congratulations to Professor David Pettinicchio, recipient of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award

Professor David Pettinicchio has recently been awarded one of the Province of Ontario’s Early Researcher Awards. These awards, provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation, give funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to help them build their research teams. Professor Pettinicchio will use his award to support students working … Read More

3 Sociology professors look into parenting stress experienced by Syrian refugees

With fully 60 percent of Canada’s recent influx of Syrian refugees being under the age of 15, this group is largely composed of children and the adults who care for them. The parents or primary caregivers of these children face both the enormous tasks involved in acclimatizing themselves to a new culture and environment and … Read More

Just how much do book prizes matter?

Book prizes play a monumental role in contemporary literary culture. Not only do they boost sales for winning and short-listed authors, they also help to define what is seen as “quality” in literature. If the effects of the prize are long lasting, book prize judges wield a tremendous amount of power over culture and literary … Read More

“What if I don’t take my meds?” Amy Klassen’s research has the answer

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Amy Lynn Klassen who recently published an article about the governance of non-compliant psychiatric patients under the law, and its implications for understanding capability and risk. She thanks SSHRC for funding the research that resulted in this publication. The full article is currently behind a paywall. For those with access, it … Read More