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UTM News profiles Professor Ashley Rubin’s research on prisons

UTM News recently ran an article discussing Professor Ashley Rubin’s research. Professor Rubin joined the Department of Sociology in 2016 and has undergraduate teaching responsibilities at the Mississauga Campus. The full article is available on the UTM News site. We have pasted an excerpt below.     Crime and Punishment: UTM prof studies early American … Read More

Professor Ito Peng’s team of undergraduate RAs produce SSHRC storytellers video on Caring about Care

In recent years, SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) has held a SSHRC Storytellers contest in which they solicit brief videos from students working on SSHRC-funded research projects. Most of the submissions come from graduate students but that didn’t deter Professor Ito Peng’s team of undergraduate research assistants from doing their own … Read More

Professor Dan Silver writes in the Chicago Sun about Chicago’s vibrant scenes

Professor Dan Silver recently co-authored a column in the Chicago Sun about the shift from neighbourhoods to “scenes” for understanding shifting dynamics in Chicago urban life. Professor Silver is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Toronto, with undergraduate responsibilities at the Scarborough campus. His research examines, among other things, the causes and … 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

Two best student papers from our PhD students

Congratulations to Anna Slavina and Tony Huiquan Zhang who each received Best Student Paper Awards from their sections of the Canadian Sociology Association. Anna Slavina’s paper,  “Cultures of Engagement: Crossnational Differences in Political Action Repertoires,” received the Best Student Paper award from the Political Sociology and Social Movements section of the CSA.  Anna is currently … Read More

Professor Patricia Landolt reflects on Precarious Noncitizenship and Canadian Sociology

Professor Patricia Landolt recently provided an article for the International Sociological Association’s newsletter, Global Dialogue. In it, she shows how a sociological lens can change the way we think of new trends in migration in Canada and elsewhere. The entire article is available on the Global Dialogue site; we have pasted an excerpt below. Sociology … 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

Professor Jeff Reitz speaks on CityTV about hate crimes against Muslims

Professor Jeffrey Reitz recently gave an interview to CityTV news for a piece about hate crimes directed against Muslims. Professor Reitz is the Harney Professor of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies and has published widely in the area of immigration in Canada and Europe. The City TV clip is available on The Critical Mention website here.

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Marianne Quirouette, recipient of prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Marianne Quirouette, who is currently completing her PhD program in the Department of Sociology, has been awarded a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships to pursue research in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program seeks to support the top postdoctoral applicants, both nationally and internationally, who will “positively contribute to … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee teaches the effects of gun violence in the US

U of T News recently profiled Professor Jooyoung Lee’s course on gun violence in the United States. Professor Lee is teaching this fourth-year seminar on the St. George campus this summer.  This course draws considerably on Professor Lee’s own research into the wide-ranging impacts of gun violence in the U.S. The following is an excerpt … Read More

Congratulations to Gabe Menard recipient of the Daniel G. Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology

PhD student Gabe Menard is the 2016 recipient of the Daniel G. Hill Prize for the Best Graduate Paper in Sociology. This award is presented annually to an Ontario resident graduate student and is chosen on the basis of the quality of a paper published between July and June of the award year. Gabe received … 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

Steven Cook begins new tenure-track position at Cardiff University

In January, recent graduate Steven Cook began a new position as a Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Steven recently completed and defended his dissertation, A Comparative Analysis of the Violent Victimization Experiences of Street and School Youth under the supervision of Professors Julian Tanner (supervisor), Brent Berry and Scot Wortley (Criminology). Steven’s dissertation abstract is … Read More

Holly Campeau starting new position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Alberta

Recent graduate Holly Campeau will be starting a new position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Alberta this fall. Holly completed her dissertation, Policing in unsettled times: An Analysis of Culture in the Police Organization in 2016 under the supervision of Ron Levi (supervisor), Candace Kruttschnitt and Josee Johnston. Holly’s dissertation studied … 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

Ito Peng featured as a “woman moving the world forward”

The website Refinery29 recently wrote an article highlighting the work of women involved with UN Women; in it, they profiled Professor Ito Peng whose work as Director of the Centre for Global Social Policy and research into gender, migration and the work of care has her collaborating with a number of international agencies like UN … 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

66 of our faculty and graduate students participating at this year’s CSA

The Canadian Sociological Association is meeting this year in Toronto (hosted by Ryerson University) in conjunction with the Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences from May 27 – June 2. The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is an annual multidisciplinary gathering of scholars in Canada. It brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers and … Read More

Tony Zhang to begin new position as Assistant Professor at St. Thomas More College

This fall, doctoral candidate Tony Zhang will begin a new position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas More College in the University of Saskatchewan. Tony is currently completing his dissertation, Contextual Effects and Support for Liberalism: A Comparative Analysis, under the supervision of Professors Robert Brym (supervisor), Bob Andersen (Western) and Weiguo … Read More