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Professor Neda Maghbouleh interviewed about Syrian refugee families by Canadian Family

Canadian Family magazine recently ran an article featuring an interview with Professor Neda Maghbouleh. Professor Maghbouleh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, with teaching responsibilities on the Mississauga campus. The article asks how Canadians can help Syrian refugee families as they settle in Canada. Professor Maghbouleh’s answers draw from the … Read More

Professor Steve Hoffman reflects on predictions for Artificial Intelligence

Professor Steve G. Hoffman recently published a piece in Backchannels, the blog of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Backchannels publishes a variety of “less formal writings” on “the current and future state of the field or subfields within science and technology studies.” Professor Hoffman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah’s Op-Ed on repairing the harms of Cannabis Prohibition

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently authored an op-ed in the Toronto Star discussing the need to correct the damage done by Canada’s “war on drugs.” Professor Owusu-Bempah is an Assistant Professor of Sociology with undergraduate teaching responsibilities at the Mississauga campus. His research focuses on people of the African diaspora and policing in Canada. The full … Read More

Professor Clayton Childress on cultural appropriation in book publishing

Professor Clayton Childress recently published an is a column in the new online publication, The Conversation, Canada, a publication that seeks to bring academic rigour to Canadian journalism. Professor Childress is an Assistant Professor of Sociology with undergraduate teaching responsibilities at the UTSC campus. His research focuses on the sociology of culture and he recently … Read More

Professor Ron Levi moderates Munk and CBC Ideas panel on policing

On May 15th and 16th, Professor Ron Levi moderated two panels at the Munk School of Global Affairs debating the dynamics of policing, trust and public consent in complex times. This is a two-part series and both parts have been recorded and broadcast on the CBC program IDEAS. Professor Levi convened the sessions in his … Read More

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

Working Paper 2017-02

Beyond the Manifesto: Mustafa Emirbayer and Relational Sociology Lily Liang, University of Wisconsin-Madison Sida Liu, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2017-02 June 2017 Keywords: relational sociology, pragmatism, Emirbayer, Dewey, Bourdieu Full Article Abstract Mustafa Emirbayer’s “Manifesto for a Relational Sociology” calls for a process-in-time understanding of the unfolding interaction between structure and agency … Read More

Working Paper 2017-01

Regression-Based Adjustment for Time-Varying Confounders Geoff Wodtke, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2017-01 May 2017 Keywords:  marginal structural models, structural nested mean models, inverse probability of treatment weighting, regression with residuals, time-varying confounders Full article Abstract Social scientists are often interested in estimating the marginal effects of a time-varying treatment on an … 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

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