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Professor Neda Maghbouleh on how place makes race

A chapter from Professor Neda Maghbouleh’s recently published book, The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race, was recently featured in a blog post on the Standford University Press Blog. The chapter explores how race becomes constructed through one’s ties to certain places. Professor Maghbouleh teaches at the UTM campus and studies … Read More

Professor Clayton Childress looks under the cover in his new book on book publishing

Professor Clayton Childress has recently published Under the Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel, a book that goes behind the scenes of the literary world by following the life course of a single work of fiction from its beginnings in an author’s creative process through its transformation in the publishing process and … Read More

Professor Neda Maghbouleh’s new book asks what “whiteness” means for Iranian Americans

Professor Neda Maghbouleh has recently published a book exploring the racialization of Iranian Americans. The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race draws on ethnographic and archival research that Professor Maghbouleh began in her dissertation and postdoctoral research projects to show how Iranians navigate ambiguous identities in the American racial landscape. The book’s publisher, … Read More

Professor Ellen Berrey’s new book puts employment civil rights litigation on trial

Professor Ellen Berrey and two co-authors have recently published a book showing how employment civil rights litigation in the United States works to reinforce the systems of privilege that the laws had set out to eliminate.  Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality uncovers the various obstacles in the legal system that disadvantage … Read More

Professor Phil Goodman’s new book takes the long view in criminal justice reform

Professor Phil Goodman and his co-authors have recently published a book that challenges the commonly held view that the history of criminal justice in the US can be understood as a pendulum. While the pendulum perspective argues that social attitudes and policy swing back and forth from lenient to strict policies, Goodman, Page and Phelps … Read More

Criminal Defense in China

Professor’s Sida Liu’s new book shows how defense lawyers in China interweave politics and practice in their everyday work. Sida Liu is a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, teaching at the Mississauga campus. Currently he is also a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a Faculty Fellow … Read More

Fathoming the New Frontier

Professor John Hannigan’s new book, The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans, was recently reviewed in the Irish Times. The full review is available online here. The following is an excerpt: The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans review: fathoming the new frontier John Hannigan’s highly readable survey of mankind and the oceans tackles deep-sea mining, superpower rivalries, global … Read More

Mapping the Urban Scenescapes

Congratulations to Professor Dan Silver for his new publication Scenescapes: How Qualities of Place Shape Social Life co-authored with Terry Nichols Clark. The book was published by the University of Chicago Press, which describes the book as such: Let’s set the scene: there’s a regular on his barstool, beer in hand. He’s watching a young … Read More

The Origins of Inequality

The Department of Sociology congratulates Professor Bernd Baldus on the publication of his book Origins of Inequality in Human Societies. For a detailed outline of the content see chapter one at Google Books. For background information check the publisher’s page. Publisher’s summary: Since the beginning of social life human societies have faced the problem how … Read More

Professor Ellen Berrey and the Enigma of Diversity

We are pleased to welcome Professor Ellen Berrey to the Department of Sociology. Professor Berrey is teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto, Mississauga and is a member of the graduate faculty of the tri-campus Sociology Department. We are also very happy to congratulate Professor Berrey on the awards and accolades that her first … Read More

DeCentering Citizenship

Professor Hae Yeon Choo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Toronto, Mississauga, and Affiliated Faculty of the Asian Institute and the Women and Gender Studies Institute. Her new book Decentering Citizenship examines the varying claims to citizenship rights of Filipina migrants in South Korea. Stanford Press provides the following synopsis Decentering Citizenship follows … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee’s new book Blowin’ Up

Professor Jooyoung Lee’s recently published book Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central sheds light on South Central L.A.’s underground rap culture.  Professor Lee’s research on this subject has taken him deep into the core of South Central’s hip hop scene to a community workshop called Project Blowed.  For years, Project Blowed has supported young … Read More

Cultural Scenes and Political Attitudes

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Diana Miller and Professor Dan Silver who recently published an article on the importance of spatial cultural scenes for understanding political attitudes. This research benefited from funding from SSHRC. The full article can be accessed here and I include the citation and abstract below. Diana L. Miller and Daniel Silver (2016) … Read More

Under the Sea

Professor John Hannigan has recently published a new book investigating the ways in which we think about and govern the seas. The publisher has this to say about Professor Hannigan’s book: Long regarded as an empty and inhospitable environment, the deep ocean is rapidly emerging as an ecological hot spot with a remarkable diversity of … Read More

P2P: Underpaid But Satisfied

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

Holly Campeau awarded Dennis Magill Canada Research Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Holly Campeau, recipient of the 2016 The Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award. The Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award is awarded annually to a student in the Department of Sociology for a PhD dissertation or journal article of exceptional merit that focuses on an aspect of Canadian society. Preference is … Read More

On the Benefits of Giving Advice

Professor Markus Schafer and PhD student Laura Upeniek’s research highlights the benefits of giving advice for people in their 60s. This research,  funded by an Ontario Ministry  of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award, was recently highlighted on the University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science News Page Older adults may benefit from giving … Read More

Happy Independence Day, Tunisia

March 20th is Independence Day in Tunisia, the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring and therefore a model for other countries in the region. It is also less than two weeks after an ISIS attack on Ben Gardane, a town on Tunisia’s border with Libya — the fourth such attack in the country … Read More

The Transgressive Practices of Teaching Qualitative Research

Professor Ping-Chun Hsiung recently served as the guest editor for a Special Issue of Qualitative Inquiry called “Teaching Qualitative Research as Transgressive Practices” (February 2016: 22 (2). This issue breaks new ground by recognizing teaching as an essential means for the production and reproduction of Qualitative Research. It sees the teaching of Qualitative Research as … Read More

Gender and the Artist Archetype

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Diana Miller who recently published an article that reviews scholarship on gender inequalities among creative and artistic producers. The article is currently behind a paywall but here is the citation and abstract. Miller, D. L. (2016) Gender and the Artist Archetype: Understanding Gender Inequality in Artistic Careers. Sociology Compass, 10: 119–131. … Read More