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PhD Graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson on the Normalization of Cannabis Use

PhD graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson, in collaboration with Andrew Hathaway (University of Guleph), Amir Mostaghim (University of Guelph), and Geraint Osborne (University of Alberta), published an article in Deviant Behavior. The article explores the social networks that are embedded in the use and supply of cannabis. The authors argue that these social networks … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman on Networked Work

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman (of NetLab), in collaboration with Dimitrina Dimitrova, Tsahi Hayat, and Beverly Wellman, published an article in the International Journal of Communication. The article examines how social networks impact the work of scholars and their involvement in research teams. Guang Ying Mo obtained her PhD in Sociology from the … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo on Cross-Disciplinary Communication

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo published an article in Information, Communication & Society that examines how communication between disciplines within research organizations affects multidisciplinary research outcomes. Mo argues that diverse networks lead to more collaboration across disciplines, which may lead to greater innovation. Guang Ying Mo obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman on Multiple Team Membership

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman published an article in Information, Communication & Society that examines how “multiple team membership” within organizations affects individual networks, both online and offline. The authors argue that diversity in teams and membership in multiple teams allows for greater development of online networks. Guang Ying Mo obtained her PhD … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo on Advice Within Research Networks

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo, in collaboration with Tsahi Hayat, published an article in American Behavioral Scientist that analyzes how social and network structures affect the giving and receiving of advice among researchers. The authors find that network size correlates the most with advice giving and receiving. Guang Ying Mo obtained her PhD in Sociology from the … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk on Community-Based Participatory Research

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk, in collaboration with Professor Maria Mayan, Sanchia Lo, Anna Paucholo, and Daley Laing (all from the University of Alberta), published an article in Engaged Scholar Journal. The article examines the role of leadership in community-based participatory research. The authors argue that leadership in these research projects, and how it is developed, is … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman on Social Support Through Digital Media

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman, in collaboration with Professor Anabel Quan-Haase (University of Western Ontario), published an article in Information, Communication & Society. The article explores the role of digital media in developing social support and companionship among older adults. The authors argue that learning to use technology effectively can provide an … Read More

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman on Sequencing in Social Networks

PhD Graduate Guang Ying Mo and Professor Barry Wellman published an article in the Bulletin of Sociological Methodology that discusses the role of the concept of sequencing in social networking research. Sequencing refers to the prioritization of some network actors over others and the authors argue that this concept has important implications for understanding the connection … Read More

Religion and Fandom: Sofia Jelovac published in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Sofia Jelovac  published an article entitled “Religion and Fandom” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal. Her work explores the parallels between religious form (as outlined by Durkheim) and fandom through a study of the dynamics of Coldplay and the Coldplayer fanbase. By examining the division of the sacred and the profane, within the … Read More

Decolonizing Suicide and Saving Lives through Language: Julia Li published in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Julia Li published “Language Revitalization and the Indigenous Youth Suicide Epidemic in Canada: Decolonizing Suicide and Saving Lives through Language” in Volume I of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ). Her work examines the connection between the presence of Indigenous language knowledge and lower rates of Indigenous youth suicides in Canadian communities, and builds on Cwik’s … 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

PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai and Professor Markus Schafer on Social Networks and the Mistreatment of Older Adults

PhD Graduate Jonathan Koltai and Professor Markus Schafer published an article in the Journals of Gerontology (Series B) studying the impact of social network density on the risk of mistreatment among older adults. While previous studies have shown that social networks characterized by unconnected ties can offer benefits to older adults in terms of increasing … Read More

UTM News Professor Kristin Plys interviewed by UTM News regarding her India Coffee House research

Congratulations to Professor Kristin Plys who recently received the  Connaught Funding to study coffee houses as a site of anti-authoritarian protest in India and Pakistan in the early and mid 20th century. Professor Plys is an associate professor of Sociology with teaching responsibilities  at UTM. Her research sits at the intersection of political economy, postcolonial theory, … 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

Congratulations to Markus Schafer, inducted as a Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America

Congratulations to Professor Markus Schafer who is one of the 2018 new fellows inducted into The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The GSA is largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging in North America. It is committed to advancing the study of aging and to promoting human welfare through gerontology and includes participation … Read More

PhD graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson on Abstaining from Cannabis Use

PhD graduate Kat Kolar and Professor Patricia Erickson, in collaboration with Andrew Hathaway (University of Guleph), Amir Mostaghim (University of Guelph), and Geraint Osborne (University of Alberta), published an article in Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. The article explores the attitudes of Canadian undergraduate students who choose not to use cannabis. The authors find that these students … Read More

Recent PhD Jonathan Koltai and Professor Markus Schafer on Cancer Diagnosis, Mental Health, and Social Networks

PhD Candidate Jonathan Koltai and Professor Markus Schafer published an article in Society and Mental Health that examines whether social networks moderate the impact of a cancer diagnosis on mental health among older adults. They find that larger networks are associated with lower rates of depressive symptoms among female survivors, but find little evidence that closeness or … 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

Professor Neda Maghbouleh featured on USC podcast

Professor Neda Maghbouleh was recently featured in USC Annenberg’s Michael Radcliffe’s podcast on Tehrangeles, a Los Angeles neighbourhood that’s home to the largest population of Iranians outside of Iran. In the podcast, Professor Maghbouleh discusses the importance of the area, and how it creates a connection to a home country for its mainly Iranian immigrant … Read More