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Randol Contreras in Toronto Star

The Toronto Star recently published a feature article discussing Professor Randol Contreras’ research and its connections to his own life. Professor Contreras is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Mississauga with a specialization in crime and gangs. His Book, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, has been highly acclaimed and … Read More

How far can Scholarly Networks Go?

Congratulations to Guang Ying Mo and her coauthors who were recently awarded one of the Emerald Literati Networks Award for Excellence, 2016! Mo and her co-authors, Zach Hayat and Barry Wellman, received an Outstanding Author Contribution Award in the Book Series, Studies in Media and Communications. Their award-winning book chapter is: “How Far Can Scholarly … 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

The Social Networks of Seniors

The Faculty of Arts and Science News recently profiled Professor Markus Schafer in their series on “Rising Stars.” The piece discusses Professor Schafer’s doctoral work that studied the social networks of seniors in a residence complex, and his ongoing research into social networks, health and aging more generally. Read the article here. Professor Schafer’s research … Read More

Alexandra Rodney on Totem Vodka

University of Toronto PhD Candidate Alexandra Rodney recently published a blog post on the site Sociological Images. The blog, created and edited by Professor Lisa Wade of Occidental College in Los Angeles, provides short sociological discussions of “compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.” It is widely used by instructors of … Read More

What happens when first-time mothers take maternity leave?

What happens when first-time mothers take maternity leave? For one thing, they begin to socialize with each other. With months or years away from the workforce and a whole new identity as a parent, women often seek out groups where they share parenting-related knowledge and, in many cases, gain emotional and social support. The women … Read More

PhD Pathways – Where are our graduates?

Graduating with a PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto can lead to a variety of careers. We’ve had 263 PhD graduates since 1978 and can find employment information about 227 of them. Some trends to note: The majority of our PhD graduates get tenure stream positions in Canada and around the world Of … Read More

U of T at the 2016 ASA

University of Toronto Sociology at the Annual Meeting of the 2016 American Sociological Association Our Sociology faculty members and graduate students are very active with the American Sociological Association, with over 60 of them appearing in this year’s program either as presented or an organizer of a panel. See the program for more information. Here … Read More

Professor Geoff Wodtke profiled by FAS as a Rising Star

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto recently profiled Geoff Wodtke as part of the Rising Star series. The article discusses Wodtke’s personal and professional interests in studying neighbourhood inequality. Be sure to read the whole article.  

Reitz on Research2Reality

Professor Jeffrey Reitz was recently profiled forResearch2Reality . Research2Reality is a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to “shining a spotlight on world-class scientists engaged in innovative and leading edge research in Canada.” It operates in partnership with several leading universities in Canada. A video of the interview with Professor Reitz will be released shortly. Currently, you can … Read More

Prohibit marijuana for Canadians under 25? How about a hit of reality

Jenna Valleriani is a PhD candidate in Sociology and the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies. Her research looks at social movements, entrepeurship and the emergence of new industries. Her dissertation is titled, “ ‘The Green Rush’: Social Movements, Entrepreneurship and the Emerging Medical Cannabis Industry in Canada. Jenna recently published an Op Ed in the … Read More

P2P Regulating Digital Rights

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

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

Teaching Police that Black Lives Matter

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah is a faculty member at the University of Toronto, Mississauga with expertise in the area of race and policing. This piece, published in The Walrus, draws on his dissertation research. The complete piece is available online . The following is an excerpt of the longer article: Teaching Police that Black Lives Matter … 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

Miranda Craig Doff receives Oriana Josseau Kalant Award

Congratulations to Sociology PhD student Miranda Craig Doff whose paper was selected as one of two 2016 winners of the Oriana Josseau Kalant Award. Awarded annually, the prize recognizes academic excellence in papers written by graduate students in courses that are part of the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies (CoPAS). Sociology is one of ten … Read More

PhD Pathways Mini Conference

A Sociology PhD can lead down many pathways. While PhD programs and the academic culture that supports them have traditionally focused on training students for careers as tenure-track faculty members, the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto is starting to think more broadly about its students’ futures. This shift involves intentionally recognizing the successes … Read More

Alexandra Marin studying ties that change

Relationships change over time and ties that were once significant sometimes fade or disappear from sight. Having once existed, however, these ties still hold the potential to re-emerge at a later time, mobilized like sleeper cells when circumstances or needs change. This year, Professor Alexandra Marin received a grant from the American Sociological Association’s Fund … Read More

Gender and the Census

S.W. Underwood is a PhD student in Sociology with a specialization in gender, family, and critical cultural studies. The recipient of a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier doctoral scholarship, his current research examines gender and family formation among gay men in the transition to parenthood. S.W. recently published an Op Ed in the Toronto Star discussing the … Read More