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P2P: Marital Monogamy as Ideal and Practice

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

Down with ‘Foodies’? on BBC World

Professor Josée Johnston was recently interviewed for “The Food Chain,” a program on BBC World Service on an episode about food and social class. Professor Johnston and her co-author Professor Shyon Baumann published a book on Foodies in 2010 (second edition released in 2015). In the interview, Professor Johnston discusses the definition and meanings attached … Read More

Americans with Disabilities Act 25 yrs later

Earlier this year, the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Professor David Pettinicchio, whose dissertation research studied the ADA, wrote a number of Opinion pieces for the media to coincide with this anniversary. The following piece was published in Talking Points Memo on July 29th. Other pieces appeared in USA Today and the … Read More

At the Chef’s Table

Professor Vanina Leschziner has recently published a new book exploring the world of high cuisine. The book follows years of research during which Professor Leschziner interviewed chefs and observed the practices in the kitchens of top restaurants in New York and San Francisco. According to the publisher’s blurb: “This book is about the creative work … Read More

Protesting Publics in South Korea

In January 2011, Kim Jin-Suk a former welder and union activist, climbed atop Crane 85 located 35 meters above ground at a Hanjin shipyard near the Korean port city of Busan. There, he lived without running water and endured subzero temperatures and monsoon rains for ten consecutive months (309 days) to protest the layoff of … Read More

Professor Monica Boyd Awarded Outstanding Contribution Award

Congratulations to Professor Monica Boyd on receiving the 2015 Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociological Association. This award honours Professor Boyd’s exceptional scholarly merit and her impact within the Canadian sociological community. The award citation notes Professor Boyd’s contributions have had a tremendous impact both in Canada and internationally, stating that her work on social … Read More

PhD Student Anelyse Weiler named Trudeau Scholar

Anelyse Weiler, a second year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Toronto, was recently awarded a prestigious Trudeau Scholarship to support her doctoral work. Every year, The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation offers scholarships to outstanding doctoral candidates addressing themes of particular relevance to Canadian society. Trudeau scholars are PhD students who have shown … 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

Blair Wheaton named Distinguished Professor

Congratulations to Professor Blair Wheaton, recently named Distinguished Professor of Sociology. Professor Wheaton ranks among Canada’s top sociologists and among the world’s top stress researchers. His career, spanning almost forty years, has been marked by outstanding scholarly contributions to the Sociology of Health and by equally impressive work as an institution builder in Sociology and at the University of Toronto.