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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

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

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

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

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk on Transnational Foodways

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk published an article in Anthropologica that discusses the role of culinary traditions in shaping identity among female South Sudanese refugees living in Alberta. She argues that these ‘foodways’ allowed the women to exercise their agency in their new environment. Merin Oleschuk is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto studying the … Read More

PhD Graduate Salina Abji on State Responsibility and Violence Against Women

PhD Graduate Salina Abji published an article in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society that analyzes the relationship between state power and women’s rights. She explores the political advocacy within the “Shelter | Sanctuary | Status” Campaign formed by feminist and migrant rights groups in protest of the searching of women’s shelters for … Read More

PhD Candidate Salina Abji on Post-Nationalism and Migrant Rights

In an article published in Citizenship Studies, PhD Graduate Salina Abji analyzes the “No One Is Illegal” migrant rights movement in Canada to explore the limitations and opportunities of a post-nationalist framework. She argues that although post-nationalism is limited in its ability to address the concerns of non-status migrants, the conceptual framework is useful for challenging … Read More

PhD Candidate Catherine Cheng and Professor Hae Yeon Choo on Women’s Migration for Domestic Work and Cross-Border Marriage

PhD Candidate Catherine Cheng and Professor Hae Yeon Choo published an article that reviews the literature on women’s migration in East and Southeast Asia for the purposes of domestic work and cross-border marriage. The article highlights the interconnections between migration for domestic work and migration for marriage in East and Southeast Asia. Catherine Cheng is a PhD … Read More

PhD Graduate Elise Maiolino on Identity Work in Olivia Chow’s Mayoral Campaign

PhD Graduate Elise Maiolino published an article in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy that examines Olivia Chow’s mayoral campaign. The piece argues that racism and sexism within political campaigns requires women and people of colour to put in additional “identity work” not required by their white, male counterparts. Elise Maiolino obtained her PhD in Sociology … Read More

Professor Neda Maghbouleh featured on the “Ajam Podcast”

Professor Neda Maghbouleh spoke on the Ajam Podcast, a platform that challenges simplistic representations of the ‘Ajam’ region in Western media, and brings academic debates on the topic to a wider audience. After discussing the major themes and reception of her book, The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race, Professor … Read More

“Caring Across Borders: The Transformation of Care and Care Work” Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun for Global Dialogue

Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun has recently co-written an article that has been featured in Global Dialogue, the digital magazine of the International Sociological Association. The article discusses how market interventions and transnational circuits of care work have altered social relations and modes of belonging, from the moment of conception to end-of-life experiences. Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun … Read More

Dr. Ellen Berrey studies the spread of student-led social justice movements

Professor Ellen Berrey recently received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to investigate student protests and universities’ responses in the U.S. and Canada, with a focus on anti-racism mobilization. She and her collaborator, Dr. Alex Hanna (Google, Inc.), are working with a team of student research assistants to gather and analyze data from student newspapers chronicling … Read More

“Why does the migrant caravan exist?” – Professor Jerry Flores published on “The Conversation Canada”

Professor Jerry Flores recently published an article in The Conversation Canada about the migrant caravan heading from Central America toward the United States. The article looks at both the immediate causes of individuals and families leaving Guatemala and Honduras in a caravan for the north and the longer term role of U.S. interference in the … Read More

“Feminism gone bad? Women’s organisations and the hard right in Germany” writes Professor Anna Korteweg for Open Democracy

Professor Anna Korteweg has co-written a blog article for openDemocracy.net  about the unintended alliance of some anti-Muslim German feminists with far-right actors as both make issue of the “Islamization of Germany.” OpenDemocracy describes itself as a news media platform that uses “human rights as (their) central guiding focus, and open-mindedness as (their) method.” In the … Read More

Professor Patricia Landolt receives Partnership Development Grant

Congratulations to Professor Patricia Landolt, who recently received a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant. The grant provides support to develop research and to design and test new partnership approaches within areas of social sciences and humanities.  With this grant, Professor Landolt will study how precarious noncitizenship affects the experience of migrants in Canada. She will pursue this project … Read More

P2P: Prevalence and Patterning of Mental Disorder in 3 Cohorts of Black and White Americans

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

“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 Neda Maghbouleh and Professor Jasmine Rault Featured on UTM’s View to the U Podcast

Professors Neda Maghbouleh and Jasmine Rault were featured on the UTM research podcast, View to the U. They discuss the research they are currently working on, including topics such as race, immigration, sexuality, archives, and digital humanities. The podcast provides a fascinating look into what really goes into conducting a research study. Dr. Maghbouleh’s work … Read More

PhD Graduate Marie-Pier Joly on Employment Precarity and Immigration

PhD Graduate Marie-Pier Joly, in collaboration with Professor Luin Goldring (York University), published an article in Just Labour: A Canadian Journal of Work and Society. Their article examines how precarious work is affected by legal immigration status and racialization. Joly and Goldring find that employment precarity is much higher for racialized non-citizens. Marie-Pier Joly obtained her … Read More

PhD Graduate Marie-Pier Joly and Professor Blair Wheaton on the Impact of Armed Conflict on the Mental Health of Migrants to Canada

PhD Graduate Marie-Pier Joly and Professor Blair Wheaton published an article in Society and Mental Health. The article assesses the impact of armed conflict in country of origin on mental health in migrants to Canada. Joly and Wheaton examine variation in stress to understand differences in mental health between those who experienced conflict and those who did … Read More