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PhD student Cinthya Guzman and Dan Silver on the place of the classic in Social Theory classes

PhD student Cinthya Guzman and Professor Dan Silver have recently published a paper assessing the practice of teaching theory in Canadian sociology courses. The paper, published in Canadian Review of Sociology,  reports on analyses of the courses taught in 64 Canadian degree-granting sociology programs, the instructors of theory courses, and theory course syllabi from 2012 to … Read More

Professor Robert Brym’s new research profiled in Canadian Jewish News

Sociology Professor Robert Brym’s new research project was recently profiled in the Canadian Jewish News. Together with the Environics Institute for Survey Research and Rhonda Lenton, a sociologist and the president and vice-chancellor of York University,  Professor Robert Brym is embarking on a new landmark study on Jewish populations in major Canadian cities. The study will … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah makes the case for pardons and preferential licensing in Canadian Cannabis legislation

Sociology Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah has recently authored an article in The Hill Times, discussing the need for pardons and preferential licensing in Canada’s cannabis legalization policy. According to Professor Owusu-Bempah, cannabis prohibition has had disproportionate and negative impacts on marginalized groups in Canada. In order to remedy these harms, Professor Owusu-Bempah emphasizes the need for … Read More

Professors Ellen Berrey reviews the first year of Trump’s presidency in the USA and its future implications

Sociology Professor Ellen Berrey was recently featured with International Relations and Canadian History Professor Robert Brothwell in an article in the U of T News. The article discussed the first year of USA politics under President Trump, and the future implications of his legislation and rhetoric on USA and international politics. Professor Berrey studies the … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee Interviewed on CBC’s The National

Professor Jooyoung Lee appeared in an interview on CBC News’ The National, discussing the differential treatment of marginalized groups by the media and police, in light of the recent arrest and charging of a man in relation to the deaths of two LGBTQ men from the Church Wellesley community. According to reporters, members of the community … Read More

Professor John Hannigan’s book “The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans” listed in International Affairs’ Top 5 Books of December

Congratulations to Professor John Hannigan for his book, “The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans”, making the Top 5 Books of December 2017 in the International Affairs Top 5 Books Series! Professor Hannigan’s book was featured in a review in the International Affairs Journal in November 2017 and has been listed as one of the Top 5 … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee featured in The Hamilton Spectator

Professor Jooyoung Lee from U of T St. George’s Sociology Department was recently featured in a news article in The Hamilton Spectator weighing in on the recent rise in gun violence in Hamilton, Ontario. The article examines increasing statistics on crime and gun violence in Hamilton. Professor Lee outlines some reasons why people carry guns and … Read More

PhD Candidate Anelyse Weiler co-authors Op-Ed about Migrant Workers and Food Policy

PhD Candidate Anelyse Weiler and Professors Janet McLaughlin (Wilfred Laurier University) and Donald Cole (University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health) recently published an op-ed piece in the Toronto Star. The piece outlines the exploitative conditions experienced by Temporary Foreign Workers in the agricultural sector in Canada, and propose solutions to improve the … Read More

Professors Judith Taylor and Ellen Berrey discuss the legacy and resurgence of feminism amid plans for 2018 Women’s Marches in Canada

Professors Judith Taylor and Ellen Berrey from U of T St. George’s Sociology Department were recently featured in an article in Toronto’s Metro News. The article highlights the legacy of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and plans for further marches in 2018 in countries including Canada. Professor Taylor and Professor Berrey are featured in … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee on Serial Killers and Marginalized Communities

Sociology Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently quoted in an article in the Toronto Metro. The article reported on the arrest and charges of a man in relation to the deaths of two men from the Church and Wellesley community in Toronto. Both victims were also members of the LGBTQ community. Professor Lee is quoted in … Read More

Congratulations to recent PhD Alexandra Rodney on her postdoctoral position at the University of Guelph

Congratulations to Alexandra Rodney, who has started a postdoctoral position on the Gender Equity and Excellence through Leadership initiative at the University of Guelph. Alexandra recently received her PhD after completing her dissertation, Healthy is the New Thin: The Discursive Production of Women’s Healthy Living Media, under the supervision of Josée Johnston (chair), Shyon Baumann, and Elaine … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani on Pardoning Cannabis Related Charges

Sociology Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and recent PhD graduate  Jenna Valleriani were recently featured in a blog post on The Leaf, a division of the Winnipeg Free Press dedicated to news on the Cannabis legalization process in Canada. The post discusses the historically harmful implications of marijuana prohibition in Canada for racial minorities, including Black and Indigenous Canadians, and … Read More

Professor Neda Maghbouleh interviewed on KMSU Weekly Reader (89.7FM)

Sociology Professor Neda Maghbouleh recently appeared in a interview on the KMSU Weekly Reader, discussing her research and recently published book, The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race. Professor Maghbouleh is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto with teaching responsibilities on the UTM campus. Her research focuses on racism … Read More

Professor Judith Taylor speaks on CTV News about the movement to wear black at the 75th Golden Globes

The recent 75th Golden Globes Awards Show was used as a platform for individuals in Hollywood and film to demonstrate their solidarity with victims of sexual assault within the industry, by wearing black to the ceremony. University of Toronto’s Sociology Professor Judith Taylor was featured on CTV News discussing the movement and its implications for … Read More

Congratulations to Jenna Valleriani, postdoc researcher at BC Centre on Substance Use

Congratulations to Jenna Valleriani who will begin a postdoctoral research position at the British Columbia Centre On Substance Use (BCCSU) in January 2018. Jenna defended her dissertation,  ‘Staking a Claim’: Legal and Illegal Cannabis Markets in Canada, in December under the supervision of  Candace Kruttschnitt, Patricia Erickson and Ronit Dinovitzer. The thesis abstract is as follows: Dissertation Abstract This … Read More

Congratulations to Alice Hoe, post-doctoral visitor at York University

Congratulations to Alice Hoe who completed her dissertation and has recently begun a new post as a Postdoctoral Visitor at York University. Alice’s dissertation was called Working in ‘Bad Jobs’: Immigrants in the New Canadian Economy. She conducted her research under the supervision of Professor Monica Boyd, with her full committee including Professors Cynthia Cranford … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee Interviewed in Black Perspectives

Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently interviewed on the blog Black Perspectives about his book, Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central. In the interview Professor Lee discusses the research, methods, and inspiration for his book, which is an ethnographic study of the lives of young Black men in Los Angeles and how they are affected by gang … Read More

“Why I left Donald Trump’s America” – Professor Jerry Flores authors Op-Ed in the Toronto Star

Sociology Professor Jerry Flores recently wrote an Op-Ed piece in the Toronto Star, titled “Why I left Donald Trump’s America.” In the piece he discusses his experiences as a Latino growing up and living in the USA and how the election of Donald Trump to presidency in 2016 influenced his decision to move to Canada. … Read More

PhD Candidate Kerri Scheer on Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Sociology PhD Candidate Kerri Scheer  authored a post on Sociological Images concerning the rise of “the Ugly Christmas Sweater” trend. In the post Scheer explores the role of nostalgia and consumerism in driving the popularity of Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Kerri Scheer is a PhD candidate at the U of T Sociology Department. She is currently working toward her … Read More

Professor Melissa Milkie on housework and gender norms

Sociology Professor Melissa Milkie was recently featured in an article by The Toronto Star discussing the gender roles and expectations around household work. The article reported on the persistence of a gendered division of household chores and the guilt many women feel when they do not live up to their own housework standards. In explaining … Read More