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“There’s Inequality in Death”: Professor Monica Alexander Featured in UofT News

Professor Monica Alexander was featured and interviewed in UofT News for her research on how marginalized populations are disproportionately vulnerable to conditions or events that can cause an early or unnatural death. By analyzing data on when, how and who dies, researchers like Professor Alexander can learn a lot about how to improve or even … 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

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

“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 Josee Johnston Featured on CBC Ideas show “The Restaurant: A Table Divided”

Professor Josée Johnston was recently featured in a CBC Radio Ideas documentary The Restaurant: A Table Divided. Produced by Michelle Macklem and Zoe Tennant, the documentary  examines how the institution of the restaurant reflects the nature of our social world. Along with food historians and restaurateurs, Professor Johnston weighs in on the role of the restaurant in today’s … Read More

Professor David Pettinicchio featured by the School of Public Policy and Governance

Sociology Professor David Pettinicchio was recently featured for the School of Public Policy and Governance’s Faculty Feature series. For the interview, Professor Pettinicchio answered questions about his current research, challenges, advice for students, and favorite song. Professor Pettinicchio is an Assistant Professor of Sociology with teaching responsibilities at the UTM campus. The full interview is … Read More

Professor Ito Peng on Why Canadians should care about the Global Care Economy

Professor Ito Peng recently wrote and published an article in OpenCanada.org about the importance of care work in Canada and around the world. OpenCanada.org is a “digital publication sitting at the intersection of public policy, scholarship and journalism.” It publishes articles on international affairs, Canadian foreign policy and world events. Professor Peng is the Canada … Read More

Professor Steve Hoffman quoted in article on the aftermath of Fukushima’s nuclear disaster.

The Varsity – University of Toronto’s student newspaper – recently marked the seven year anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima with a reflection on the aftermath of the event. Part of the article cites Professor Steve Hoffman’s research published earlier this year. Professor Hoffman teaches sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus. His … Read More

Professor Judith Taylor speaks about International Women’s Day

Professor Judith Taylor spoke recently on CTV and on CP24 about the resurgence of feminism and protests around the world to mark International Women’s Day. Professor Taylor is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies with teaching responsibilities at the St. George campus. Her research focuses on feminist movements around the world. … Read More

Professor Robert Brym’s new research profiled in Canadian Jewish News

Sociology Professor Robert Brym’s new research project was recently profiled in the Canadian Jewish News. Together with the Environics Institute for Survey Research and Rhonda Lenton, a sociologist and the president and vice-chancellor of York University,  Professor Robert Brym is embarking on a new landmark study on Jewish populations in major Canadian cities. The study will … Read More

Professors Ellen Berrey reviews the first year of Trump’s presidency in the USA and its future implications

Sociology Professor Ellen Berrey was recently featured with International Relations and Canadian History Professor Robert Brothwell in an article in the U of T News. The article discussed the first year of USA politics under President Trump, and the future implications of his legislation and rhetoric on USA and international politics. Professor Berrey studies the … Read More

Professor John Hannigan’s book “The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans” listed in International Affairs’ Top 5 Books of December

Congratulations to Professor John Hannigan for his book, “The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans”, making the Top 5 Books of December 2017 in the International Affairs Top 5 Books Series! Professor Hannigan’s book was featured in a review in the International Affairs Journal in November 2017 and has been listed as one of the Top 5 … Read More

Professor Yoonkyung Lee profiled in University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts & Science News

Sociology Professor Yoonkyung Lee was recently featured in an interview by U of T’s Faculty of Arts & Science News. The interview explores Professor Lee’s research on the labour conditions and political processes in Korea, as well as her role as the Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies. Professor Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology … Read More

Professor David Pettinicchio shares research about the comparative political participation of immigrants in Europe

Assistant Professor David Pettinicchio recently published a blog post on Mobilizing Ideas, a blog produced by the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dam, for scholars and activists to discuss social movements and change. Professor Pettinicchio’s post explores existing theories about immigrant participation in political processes such as protests, petition-signing, and boycotts, … Read More

Professor Ito Peng featured in the Faculty of Arts and Science News

Professor Ito Peng is the Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy and the Principle Investigator of the SSHRC funded partnership research project titled Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care. Her research on migrant care work was recently featured in an article by the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science News. We have posted … Read More

Two best student papers from our PhD students

Congratulations to Anna Slavina and Tony Huiquan Zhang who each received Best Student Paper Awards from their sections of the Canadian Sociology Association. Anna Slavina’s paper,  “Cultures of Engagement: Crossnational Differences in Political Action Repertoires,” received the Best Student Paper award from the Political Sociology and Social Movements section of the CSA.  Anna is currently … Read More

Tony Zhang to begin new position as Assistant Professor at St. Thomas More College

This fall, doctoral candidate Tony Zhang will begin a new position as an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Thomas More College in the University of Saskatchewan. Tony is currently completing his dissertation, Contextual Effects and Support for Liberalism: A Comparative Analysis, under the supervision of Professors Robert Brym (supervisor), Bob Andersen (Western) and Weiguo … Read More

PhD Candidate Tony Zhang on the power of weather

Doctoral Candidate Tony Zhang recently published an article looking at the effects of weather on the likelihood of social movements and how people’s sensitivity to weather conditions reflects the macro political opportunity context. Tony is currently completing his dissertation entitled Contextual Effects and Support for Liberalism: A Comparative Analysis. The article came out in 2016 … Read More

Are Protests Effective?

  The University of Toronto Mississauga’s newspaper, The Medium, recently featured two of our faculty members – Professors Sida Liu and David Pettinicchio – addressing the role and effectiveness of political protest. You can read the entire article online. We have posted an excerpt here.     Are protests effective? A rise in the number … Read More