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Crime and Socio-Legal Studies

“What if I don’t take my meds?” Amy Klassen’s research has the answer

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Amy Lynn Klassen who recently published an article about the governance of non-compliant psychiatric patients under the law, and its implications for understanding capability and risk. She thanks SSHRC for funding the research that resulted in this publication. The full article is currently behind a paywall. For those with access, it … Read More

Nathan Innocente profiled in UTM Medium

Professor Nathan Innocente is an Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) of Sociology and teaches at the Mississauga undergraduate campus. He was recently profiled in the Medium, UTM’s student newspaper. The full article is available on the Medium’s website. Here’s a short excerpt: The face behind the popular SOC100 Sociology assistant professor Nathan Innocente’s current research focuses … Read More

Prof Jooyoung Lee on Global News

Professor Jooyoung Lee recently spoke to Global News in relation to Toronto’s most recent homocide.Professor Lee says that this case exemplifies a pattern often seen in large cities where young people in their late teens and early twenties are “at peak risk of either offending or becoming the victims of lethal and non-lethal shootings” and … Read More

Working Paper 2016-04

The Shelf Life of a Socio-Technical Disaster: Post Fukushima Policy Change in the United States, France and Germany Steve G. Hoffman, University of Toronto Paul Durlak, University of Buffalo, SUNY UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2016-04 September 2016 Keywords: disaster, Fukushima, nuclear energy, policy change, risk, technology Full Article Abstract How can large-scale socio-technical disasters … Read More

Working Paper 2016-02

Overlapping Ecologies: Professions and Development in the Rise of Legal Services in China Sida Liu, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2016-02 July 2016 Keywords: profession, development, ecology, lawyer, China Full Article Abstract The sociology of professions has derived most of its theories from the cases of professions in the Global North. Despite … Read More

A podcast interview with Jooyoung Lee

The podcast “Office Hours” recently featured an interview with Professor Jooyoung Lee. Office Hours is a podcast produced by The Society Pages. Office Hours describes itself as a podcast featuring conversations with top social scientists. It is produced at the University of Minnesota, and is hosted by Matt Gunther, Matthew Aguilar-Champeau, and guests from The Society Pages graduate … Read More

Ron Levi as Holocaust Education Week’s Scholar in Residence

Congratulations to Professor Ron Levi who has been named the Scholar in Residence for the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre’s 2016 Holocaust Education Week. Professor Levi is an Associate Professor of Global Affairs and Sociology and holds the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies. His research examines justice system responses to … Read More

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

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

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

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

A Perfect Storm

Professor Pat Erickson’s research was recently highlighted in an in-depth article in the Varsity Magazine discussing marijuana regulation in Canada. Professor Erickson is a retired senior scientist at CAMH and a Professor (status-only) at the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Crime and Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include … Read More

Holly Campeau awarded Dennis Magill Canada Research Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Holly Campeau, recipient of the 2016 The Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award. The Dennis William Magill Canada Research Award is awarded annually to a student in the Department of Sociology for a PhD dissertation or journal article of exceptional merit that focuses on an aspect of Canadian society. Preference is … Read More

Professor Candace Kruttschnitt completes term as president of the American Society of Criminology

Congratulations to Professor Candace Kruttschnitt on completing her term as president of The American Society of Criminology. I sat down and spoke with Professor Kruttschnitt about her experience and insights. Professor Kruttschnitt has a long attachment to the ASC, having been a devoted member of the organization since receiving her doctorate in 1979. She has … Read More

Ph.D. Candidate Jenna Valleriani writes on Medical Marijuana

Jenna Valleriani, PhD Candidate in Sociology and the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies, regularly contributes to Lift: Canabis News Magazine. Her research looks at social movements, entrepreneurship and the emergence of new industries, focusing on the transition to the Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulation in Canada. In this article, Jenna reviews the International Drug Policy … Read More

Jennifer Carlson on NPR

Professor Jennifer Carlson spoke on National Public Radio in the US about attitudes of members of the police force towards gun control. Listen here