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Graduate Student Research

PhD Graduate Elise Maiolino on Identity Work in Olivia Chow’s Mayoral Campaign

PhD Graduate Elise Maiolino published an article in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy that examines Olivia Chow’s mayoral campaign. The piece argues that racism and sexism within political campaigns requires women and people of colour to put in additional “identity work” not required by their white, male counterparts. Elise Maiolino obtained her PhD in Sociology … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman on Social Support Through Digital Media

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman, in collaboration with Professor Anabel Quan-Haase (University of Western Ontario), published an article in Information, Communication & Society. The article explores the role of digital media in developing social support and companionship among older adults. The authors argue that learning to use technology effectively can provide an … Read More

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston on Ethical Eating and Neighbourhoods

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston, in collaboration with Professor Michelle Szabo (Sheridan), published an article in Sociology. The article examines how ethical consumption choices regarding food vary across neighbourhoods. The authors argue that ‘ethical eating’ practices vary greatly with both neighbourhood and social class. Alexandra Rodney obtained her PhD in Sociology from the … Read More

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston on Celebrity Chefs and Inequality

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston, in collaboration with Professor Phillipa Chong (McMaster), published an article in Poetics. The article explores how celebrity chefs reproduce social norms regarding race, class, and gender. The authors argue that the personas created by these individuals are usually gendered, racialized, and classed in a way that contributes further … Read More

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani on Rob Ford, Substance Misuse, and the Media

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani, in collaboration with Professor Liam Kennedy (University of Western Ontario), published an article the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The article analyzes how the media reported and framed Rob Ford’s substance misuse scandal. The authors argue that the media coverage reinforced racial stereotypes surrounding crime and contributed to stigma around drug … Read More

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani and Professor Adam Green on Marital Monogamy

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani and Professor Adam Green, in collaboration with Barry Adam (University of Windsor), published an article in the Journal of Marriage & Family. The article discusses the evolution of conceptions of marital monogamy over time and its role as an ideal in marriage today. Jenna Valleriani obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman on Sequencing in Social Networks

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman published an article in the Bulletin of Sociological Methodology that discusses the role of the concept of sequencing in social networking research. Sequencing refers to the prioritization of some network actors over others and the authors argue that this concept has important implications for understanding the connection … Read More

Recent PhD Jonathan Koltai and Professor Scott Schieman on Job Pressure and Mental Health

PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai and Professor Scott Schieman published an article in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour that analyzes what conditions may protect workers from the negative mental health consequences of job pressure. They find that socioeconomic status plays an important role in determining whether job resources provide protection from anxiety resulting from job … Read More

Recent PhD recipient, Marianne Quirouette begins new position as Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Unversite de Montreal

Recent graduate Marianne Quirouette will be starting a new position as Assistant Professor of Criminology this January at the Université de Montréal. Marianne completed her dissertation, “Risks, Needs and Reality Checks: Community Work with Disadvantaged Justice-Involved Individuals”, in 2017 under the supervision of Professors Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Paula Maurutto and Phil Goodman. Her dissertation drew from … Read More

PhD Candidate Katelin Albert on Research Funding in the Social Sciences

In an article published in the Canadian Journal of Sociology, PhD Candidate Katelin Albert studies the impact of the shift in Canadian social science research funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). Albert argues that the structure and distribution of CIHR funding allows it … Read More

PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai and Professor Markus Schafer on Social Networks and the Mistreatment of Older Adults

PhD Graduate Jonathan Koltai and Professor Markus Schafer published an article in the Journals of Gerontology (Series B) studying the impact of social network density on the risk of mistreatment among older adults. While previous studies have shown that social networks characterized by unconnected ties can offer benefits to older adults in terms of increasing … Read More

P2P: Prevalence and Patterning of Mental Disorder in 3 Cohorts of Black and White Americans

Every student in the Sociology PhD program at the University of Toronto completes the Research Practicum course in their second year. This course involves each student working directly on a research project with a faculty member through the various stages of research and writing while also meeting with other graduate students in the course to … Read More

PhD Graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson on Coping Strategies of Street-Involved Youth

PhD graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson, in collaboration with Donna Stewart (University Health Network), published an article in the Journal of Youth Studies. The article examines lived experience, mental health, and coping strategies among “street-involved youths.” Kat Kolar obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2018. Her dissertation is titled Differentiating the … Read More

PhD Graduate Kat Kolar on the Concept of Resilience

PhD graduate Kat Kolar published an article in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction that explores the theoretical concept of resilience and its role in social science research. Kolar outlines the concept’s history, its relationship with risk, and its application for research on the development of children and adolescents. Kat Kolar obtained her PhD in … Read More

PhD Student Anson Au receives Mitacs Globalink Research Award for study in South Korea

Thanks to a MITACS Globalink Research Award, Anson Au has been spending the summer of 2018 in South Korea conducting research into attitudes towards plastic surgery. Designed to encourage international collaboration, the MITACS Globalink Research Award provides funding for students in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas. Anson used his award to … 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 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

PhD graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson on Abstaining from Cannabis Use

PhD graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson, in collaboration with Andrew Hathaway (University of Guleph), Amir Mostaghim (University of Guelph), and Geraint Osborne (University of Alberta), published an article in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. The article explores the attitudes of Canadian undergraduate students who choose not to use cannabis. The authors find that these students … Read More

Recent PhD Jonathan Koltai, Professor Ronit Dinovitzer, and Professor Scott Schieman on Well-Being in the Legal Profession

PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai, Professor Ronit Dinovitzer, and Professor Scott Schieman published an article in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. Their article examines the differences in mental health between high and low-status lawyers. They also draw comparisons across organizational contexts and control for income level, finding that high-status lawyers report higher levels of depression than … Read More

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston on Ethical Eating and Class

PhD Graduate Alexandra Rodney and Professor Josée Johnston, in collaboration with Professor Michelle Szabo (Sheridan), published an article in the Journal of Consumer Culture. Their article analyzes how class background affects ethical consumption choices regarding food. They find that those with greater privilege are often more active in ‘ethical eating’, but that low income communities find ways … Read More