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Professor Jooyoung Lee interviewed on The Social, “Does Canada need better gun control?”

Professor Jooyoung Lee has recently been featured on a segment for The Social talking about the long-term health care needs of gunshot victims in the US and Canada; and the efficacy of common sense gun laws. The Social is a television program produced by Bell Media Studios that describes itself as bringing “a fresh, daily … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah “Canada Should Legalize All Recreational Drugs?”

The University of Toronto Magazine recently published a debate in its Opinion pages regarding the merits of legalizing all drugs in Canada. Sociology Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah presented the case in favour of legalization. He wrote in opposition to Professor Robert Mann, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, who argued that the potential harm … Read More

New UTM Sociology Professor Susila Gurusami profiled on UTM VP Research page

The UTM Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean has recently profiled Professor Susila Gurusami  as part of their #MeetTheNewProfs series. Professor Gurusami joined the department this fall after completing her doctorate at UCLA and a Chanceller’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside. Professor Gurusami conducts research that focuses on gender, race, punishment … Read More

The UTM Office of Vice-Principal profiles Professor Gail Super

As part of their series, #MeetTheNewProfs, the UTM Office of the Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean has posted a profile of Professor Gail Super on their website. Professor Gail Super joined the faculty at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in 2017. Her research focuses on the  sociology of punishment, … Read More

Professor Candace Kruttschnitt named a juror for the Stockholm Prize in Criminology

Professor Candace Kruttschnitt has recently been selected to serve as a member of the International Jury of the Stockholm Prize Criminology. As a member of the jury, Professor Kruttschnitt will be one of the eleven jurors to select the recipient of the annual Stockholm Prize. She will be invited to attend the annual meeting of … Read More

“What a widely attacked experiment got right on the harmful effects of prison”-Professor Ashely Rubin Writes Article for The Conversation Canada

Professor Ashley Rubin has written an article for The Conversation Canada asking whether the critiques of the Stanford Prison experiment are missing the mark. According to Rubin, while the Stanford Prison Experiment has been widely criticized for its research design and execution, it effectively illustrates the harmful effects prisons have on both prisoners and prison … Read More

Dr. Sida Liu analyses how globalization affects the Chinese legal services market

Dr. Sida Liu received an SSHRC Insight Grant to study the dynamics of globalization and social interactions among the legal professions in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. His work will uncover how the legal professions in Taiwan and Hong Kong respond and adapt to the rise of China’s business corporations and law firms, and develop an … Read More

“Drugging detained children is like using a chemical straitjacket” – Professor Jerry Flores writes article for The Conversation Canada

Professor Jerry Flores has written a piece on the disturbing truth and effects of pharmaceutical violence imposed on migrant children by detention centres in the U.S. for The Conversation Canada. He discusses the long-term effects of the Trump administration’s forced separation immigration policies, and how forcibly medicating migrant children for the purpose of submission often … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee in Vice Canada: 3 Gun Violence Scholars on What is Missing from America’s Gun Control Debate

An article written by Professor Jooyoung Lee was published on Vice.com. Professor Lee and two other scholars, Joseph Richardson Jr. and Desmond Patton, discuss grief, intersectionality, and the role of social media in the wake of Parkland, among other potentially overlooked issues in the current debate. Professor Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology at … Read More

U of T Sociologists discuss the Toronto Yonge and Finch van attack

Professors Judith Taylor and Jooyoung Lee spoke on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paiken to discuss the possible motivations behind the Toronto van attack and the role of toxic masculinity in violent acts. In the half-hour segment, Professors Taylor and Lee join also with Osgoode Hall’s Jamil Jivani in their discussion with Steve Paiken. The … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee pens Toronto Star Op Ed on damage to community trust in policing

Professor Jooyoung Lee recently authored an Op Ed  in the Toronto Star discussing the diminishing reputation of the Toronto police force as more news emerges about the Bruce McArthur investigation. Professor Lee teaches sociology at the St. George campus. His research interests include gun violence and he has taught classes on the sociology of serial … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah interviewed on CBC Radio One’s The Current

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah was recently interviewed in an episode of CBC Radio One’s The Current. He discussed the upcoming decriminalization of cannabis in Canada, and its impact on those in marginalized communities who have been disproportionately criminalized for marijuana related offenses. Professor Owusu-Bempah pointed to the system that operates in Oakland, California and suggested that ‘equity permits’ for those … 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

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 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

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

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

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

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah on Cannabis Legalization in Canada

Sociology Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently authored a post on The Broadbent Blog discussing the need for an approach to the cannabis legalization process in Canada that focuses on equity and reparation. The Broadbent Blog is affiliated with the Broadbent Institute, an independent organization dedicated to research for the promotion of democracy, equality and sustainability. In his blog post, … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee on Zip Guns

Sociology Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently featured in an article by CBC News reporting on the use of a “zip gun” by a Saskatoon man during a confrontation with police. According to Professor Lee although zip guns are relatively uncommon, they are appealing because they are easily made and untraceable by the government’s gun control … Read More