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Atsushi Narisada to begin tenure track position at St. Mary’s University

Recent PhD recipient, Atsushi Narisada will begin a new position as a Tenure-stream Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Atsushi recently defended his dissertation and will officially convocate in the fall of 2019.  His dissertation is titled The Social Antecedents and Consequences of the Sense of Distributive Injustice. He completed it … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Ron Levi, named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Professor Ron Levi has received the honour of being named a Chevalier in l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. The title is an honour bestowed by the government of France in recognition of those who have made major contributions to French culture and education. France’s oldest civilian decoration, the award was presented to Professor Levi at a … Read More

Congratulations to PhD student Andrea Roman Alfaro, recipient of Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Phd student Andrea Roman Alfaro, who recently learned that she was awarded one of the 2019 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships! Vanier Canada Scholarships are among the most prestigious scholarships available to graduate students studying in Canadian institutions. Vanier scholars are chosen based on their academic excellence, research potential and leadership potential and demonstrated … Read More

Congratulations to PhD students Dana Wray and Laila Omar on receiving Best Student Paper Award and Honourable Mention from the Canadian Sociological Association

The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) has awarded their Best Student Paper prize to PhD student Dana Wray, with an Honourable Mention going to another of our graduate students, Laila Omar. Both of the papers were originally papers written for the Second Year PhD Research Practicum course. Dana’s paper was titled,”Can Paternity Leave Policy Change Father … Read More

Congratulations to M. Omar Faruque, recipient of a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship

Omar Faruque, who completed his PhD in the Department of Sociology in January 2019, has been awarded a two-year Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue research in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University for the 2019-2021 academic years. The SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship program is funded by the … Read More

Congratulations to recent PhD Alexandra Rodney, recipient of a SSHRC postdoctoral award

Alexandra Rodney, who completed her PhD in the Department of Sociology in 2017, has been awarded a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue research in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University for the 2019-2010 academic year. The SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship program is funded by the Canadian government and seeks … Read More

PhD graduate Tony Zhang and Professor Brym publish on Tolerance of Homosexuality in 88 Countries

Ph.D. graduate Tony Huiquan Zhang and Professor Robert Brym have published an article in Sociological Forum. The article studies how tolerance of homosexuality is jointly shaped by individual educational attainment and political freedom. The main finding is that in free societies, education is a liberalizing force as scholars expected. However, in non-free societies, education does … Read More

Report from Professor Brym’s survey of Jews in Canada released

On March 12th, Professor Robert Brym, S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, along with Rhonda Lenton of York University and the Environics Institute for Survey Research released a report of findings from their recent survey of the Canadian Jewish community.  The study surveyed over 2,000 Jews in Canada and asked questions about their identity, beliefs and … Read More

Professor Sida Liu on Robert Schellenberg’s death sentence

Professor Sida Liu co-published an op ed in The Globe and Mail regarding the Chinese court sentencing of Robert Schellenberg, a Canadian, to death for drug trafficking. The article discusses the operation of law in the Chinese context. It comments on both the foreign political motivations regarding the Schellenberg sentence and the political meanings of … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee on developing ethnographies of gun violence

Professor Jooyoung Lee recently published an article on Items, where he discusses the concept of “social loss” and taking an ethnographic approach to studies of gun violence. Professor Lee discusses how victim-centered research has helped him understand the social losses felt by victims, their families, and entire communities after a shooting. Through this approach, and … Read More

Professor Ashley Rubin examines the evolution of prisons at TEDxMississauga

In a TEDx talk, Professor Ashley Rubin recently discussed the history of prisons, while questioning whether it is time for a new approach to punishment that doesn’t involve incarceration. She explains the difference between jails and prisons, and how the evolution of prisons has involved controversy because of the inhumane nature of long term confinement, … Read More

PhD Graduate Salina Abji on Anti-Border Movements and Gender Based Violence

PhD Graduate Salina Abji has recently published an article in the international Feminist Journal of Politics. The article investigates postnational-feminist approaches to gender-based violence in the contemporary immigration context. The article examines how for some advocates, a postnational politics deeply informed their criticisms of state borders and restrictive immigration controls as fundamental sources of gendered and racialized violence. Salina … Read More

Ariel Kenny observes hegemonic masculinity in a DIY punk dive bar in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Ariel Kenny published “‘You Gotta Touch Her Again. You Gotta Lick Her Again’: Observing Hegemonic Masculinity in a DIY Punk Dive Bar” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ). The article analyzes how both heterosocial and homosocial interactions may reproduce or subvert hegemonic masculinity in the nightlife of the “do it yourself” (DIY) punk … Read More

Professor Judith Taylor comments on the growing ‘femtech’ market

In an article by CBC News, Professor Judith Taylor commented on  “femtech,” a growing form of technology focused on women’s health. The article discussed both the liberating possibilities of women having use of data about their reproductive health and the risks of growing private sector surveillance over various aspects of their reproductive lives. Professor Taylor … Read More

Working Paper 2019-01

Assembling the Politics of Noncitizenship: Local struggles to enforce and extend access to health care Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2019-01 January 2019 Keywords: assemblages, boundary work, health care, noncitizenship, political contestation, politics of noncitizenship Full Article Abstract Shifts in global migration are sparking powerful political clashes over the terms … Read More

Congratulations to Meghan Dawe, recipient of the 2019 Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award

Congratulations to Meghan Dawe, who was recently awarded the 2019 Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award. The prize is awarded annually for a paper or dissertation of exceptional merit that deals with a sociological aspect of Canadian Society. Meghan’s dissertation “Stratification in the Canadian Legal Profession: The Role of Social Capital and Social Isolation in … Read More

Professor Judith Taylor comments on “culture shifts” in the music streaming universe

In an article by CTV News, Professor Judith Taylor commented on how certain changes in the music streaming universe are part of a broader phenomenon, where the public is pressuring musicians to hold their colleagues accountable for their actions. Many artists, including Lady Gaga and Celine Dion, are taking down their collaborations with R. Kelly … Read More

PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque on the links between neoliberal governance and social movements in Bangladesh

PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque published an article in the Social Movement Studies.  The article analyzes the connection between national energy policy development in Bangladesh and the social movement that contested it. M. Omar Faruque will receive his PhD in June, 2019. He successfully defended his dissertation entitled, Mining Capitalism and Contentious Politics in Bangladesh this … Read More

PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque on mining and activism in Bangladesh

PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque published an article in the Asian Journal of Political Science.  The piece analyzes the development of local community resistance to mining in Bangladesh. Faruque studied the Phubari movement and found that its success in opposing mining was largely because the activists worked with local communities and framed their action in … Read More

PhD Graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson on the Normalization of 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 Deviant Behavior. The article explores the social networks that are embedded in the use and supply of cannabis. The authors argue that these social networks … Read More