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Graduate Student Research

Congratulations to Merin Oleschuk, recipient of CAFS Student Paper Award

Congratulations go to Merin Oleschuk whose paper, Foodies of Colour: Authenticity and Exoticism in Omnivorous Food Culture” published in Cultural Sociology recently received the Canadian Association for Food Studies’ Student Paper Award. The CAFS established  the Student Paper award in 2011 to recognize scholarly excellence and encourage participation by undergraduate and graduate students. The award is offered annually … Read More

Anelyse Weiler pens article on farm workers and sexual violence for the Conversation.ca

Ph.D. candidate Anelyse Weiler recently contributed an article to the Conversation discussing migrant farm workers’ vulnerability to sexual violence. Anelyse has studied migrant farm workers at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels and is currently conducting research for her dissertation, The Periphery in the Core: Investigating Migration, Agrarian Citizenship and Metabolic Rift Through a Case … Read More

Sociology PhD Student Laura Upenieks honoured as a U of T Athlete of the Year

Congratulations to Sociology PhD student Laura Upenieks who recently received the Frank Pindar Female Athlete of the Year Award from the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. While we in the Sociology department know Laura for her stellar scholarship, the U of T Varsity Blues know her for her skills on the golf course. During her … Read More

PhD student Patricia Louie discusses her research on representations of race and skin colour in radio and print media

Patricia Louie recently spoke with the media about the findings of her research into the representation of race and skin colour in medical text books. Her recently published article (with Professor Rima Wilkes of UBC) demonstrates that prominent medical textbooks use very few images of  individuals with dark skin tones in their medical illustrations. This … Read More

PhD student Patricia Louie finds that medical textbooks underrepresent race and skin tone

PhD student Patricia Louie has recently published her research based on research into the diversity of representation in the major text books assigned in medical school. Louie published the paper, together with her co-author Rima Wilkes of UBC, in Social Science Medicine. The article, “Representations of Race and Skin Tone in Medical Textbook Imagery,”  reported … Read More

PhD student Cinthya Guzman and Dan Silver on the place of the classic in Social Theory classes

PhD student Cinthya Guzman and Professor Dan Silver have recently published a paper assessing the practice of teaching theory in Canadian sociology courses. The paper, published in Canadian Review of Sociology,  reports on analyses of the courses taught in 64 Canadian degree-granting sociology programs, the instructors of theory courses, and theory course syllabi from 2012 to … Read More

PhD Candidate Anelyse Weiler co-authors Op-Ed about Migrant Workers and Food Policy

PhD Candidate Anelyse Weiler and Professors Janet McLaughlin (Wilfred Laurier University) and Donald Cole (University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health) recently published an op-ed piece in the Toronto Star. The piece outlines the exploitative conditions experienced by Temporary Foreign Workers in the agricultural sector in Canada, and propose solutions to improve the … Read More

Congratulations to recent PhD Alexandra Rodney on her postdoctoral position at the University of Guelph

Congratulations to Alexandra Rodney, who has started a postdoctoral position on the Gender Equity and Excellence through Leadership initiative at the University of Guelph. Alexandra recently received her PhD after completing her dissertation, Healthy is the New Thin: The Discursive Production of Women’s Healthy Living Media, under the supervision of Josée Johnston (chair), Shyon Baumann, and Elaine … Read More

Congratulations to recent PhD Kim de Laat, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Gender + the Economy

Congratulations to Kim de Laat, who recently graduated with her PhD and began a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Gender + the Economy (GATE) in the University of Toronto. Kim’s dissertation title is The Shape Of Music To Come: Organizational, Ideational, And Creative Change In The North American Music Industry, 1990-2009. She completed her … Read More

Congratulations to Jenna Valleriani, postdoc researcher at BC Centre on Substance Use

Congratulations to Jenna Valleriani who will begin a postdoctoral research position at the British Columbia Centre On Substance Use (BCCSU) in January 2018. Jenna defended her dissertation,  ‘Staking a Claim’: Legal and Illegal Cannabis Markets in Canada, in December under the supervision of  Candace Kruttschnitt, Patricia Erickson and Ronit Dinovitzer. The thesis abstract is as follows: Dissertation Abstract This … Read More

Congratulations to Alice Hoe, post-doctoral visitor at York University

Congratulations to Alice Hoe who completed her dissertation and has recently begun a new post as a Postdoctoral Visitor at York University. Alice’s dissertation was called Working in ‘Bad Jobs’: Immigrants in the New Canadian Economy. She conducted her research under the supervision of Professor Monica Boyd, with her full committee including Professors Cynthia Cranford … Read More

PhD candidate Anelyse Weiler co-authors funding report for the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation

PhD candidate Anelyse Weiler recently co-authored “Strengthening Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Northern Canada through North-South Exchanges”, a funding report for the Trudeau Foundation, with Sophia Murphy, a PhD candidate at the Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. The report discussed the Foundation’s targeted areas of inquiry initiative, … Read More

Congratulations to Lawrence Williams, recipient of the 2017 Daniel G Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology

Congratulations to Lawrence Williams, winner of the 2017 Daniel G Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology at the University of Toronto.  The department awards the prize annually to an Ontario resident graduate student on the basis of the quality of a paper published between July and June of the award year. Williams’s winning … Read More

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Jenna Valleriani and Professors Adam Green and Barry Adams, recipients of the Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Jenna Valleriani and Professor Adam Green who received the 2017 Anselm Strauss Award for Qualitative Family Research from the National Council on Family Relations for their article on marital monogamy. Jenna is currently completing her dissertation, ‘The Green Rush’: Social Movements, Entrepreneurship and the Emerging Medical Cannabis Industry in Canada, supervised by Professor Candace Kruttschnitt. … Read More

PhD Candidate Sarah Cappeliez on the meanings of “terroir” in French and Canadian Wine

PhD Candidate Sarah Cappeliez has recently published a paper about the meanings of terroir in the contexts of French and Canadian wine. The paper, published in Poetics, argues that despite its apparent elusiveness as a term, both French and Canadian contexts have understandings of terroir that share an appreciation of nature and place as a … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk on the Contradictions of Maternal Foodwork

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk recently co-authored a piece on maternal foodwork with Professors Kate Cairns and Josée Johnston that was featured on the Gender & Society blog. The Gender & Society blog posts pieces for a general audience that align with the mandate of the Gender and Society journal.  This blog post examines the careful “balancing act” that mothers … Read More

PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai’s research featured in the Globe and Mail

Research co-authored by PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai was recently featured in an article published online by The Globe and Mail Newspaper. The article highlights the findings of a study conducted by Koltai with Sociology Professors Ronit Dinovitzer and Scott Schieman on the mental health of lawyers in the public and private sectors in both Canada and … Read More

PhD students Alexandra Rodney, Sarah Cappeliez, Merin Oleschuk & Professor Josée Johnston examine ideals of feminine domesticity in food blogs

  Sociology PhD students, Alexandra Rodney, Sarah Cappeliez, Merin Oleschuk, with Associate Professor Josée Johnston have recently published an article in the international multidisciplinary academic journal, Food, Culture & Society. The paper titled “The Online Domestic Goddess: An Analysis of Food Blog Femininities“, analyzes how idealized notions of femininity are demonstrated in blog posts written by … Read More

PhD Candidate Joshua Harold on collective memory and residential choices

PhD Candidate Joshua Harold recently co-authored an article with Professor Eric Fong that was published in the Ethnic and Racial Studies journal. The article examines the influence of collective memory on the residential choices of the Jewish population in Toronto. Joshua is currently completing his dissertation, Mnemonic Boundaries: Historical Experience and Ethnic Boundary Making supervised by … Read More

PhD student Marianne Quirouette awarded Canadian Law and Society Association article prize prize

Congratulations to Marianne Quirouette who, along with her co-authors, received the Canadian Law and Society Association’s prize for the best English-language article published in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society in 2016. Marianne recently completed and defended her dissertation entitled Risks, Needs & Reality Checks: Community Work with Disadvantaged Justice-Involved Individuals, under the supervision … Read More