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Political Sociology

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

Ellen Berrey speaks on Trump and the law on CTV

Ellen Berrey is a faculty member in Sociology with teaching responsibilities at the Mississauga campus. Her research focuses on law and society, race and public policy in the U.S. On February 6th, she spoke on CTV about President Trump’s travel ban. Watch the video of her interview here:  http://ctv.news/wyN6ueE

David Pettinicchio: History matters for understanding the future of disability rights

David Pettinicchio is a faculty member at the University of Toronto, with undergraduate teaching responsibilities at the Mississauga campus. His research focuses on discrimination based on disability and disability rights. Professor Pettinicchio recently wrote and published an essay in Policy Trajectories, the blog of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology. The … Read More

Congratulations to Kim Pernell, recipient of 2016 Richard J. Hernstein Prize

Congratulations to Professor Kim Pernell whose PhD dissertation was recently awarded the Richard J. Herrnstein Prize from Harvard University. Professor Pernell finished her dissertation in the spring of 2016 before joining us at the University of Toronto (St. George) this summer. The Richard J. Herrnstein Prize is awarded annually by the Graduate School of Arts … Read More

Does Diversity Work?

UTM Sociology Professor Ellen Berrey was recently profiled on the UTM Research News page. The full story is available on their website. We have pasted the beginning of the piece here: Does ‘diversity’ work? Assistant Professor Ellen Berrey Wednesday, December 14, 2016 – 2:31pm The concept of diversity has been celebrated and supported at major … Read More

Disability and the Trump Administration

Professor David Pettinicchio is a faculty member at the University of Toronto, Mississauga with expertise in the area of political sociology and social policy and particular research interests in the area of policy and disability. He currently has a SSHRC-funded research project investigating employer discrimination against persons with disabilities. He recently published an editorial piece … Read More

Congratulations to Ito Peng, CRC in Global Social Policy

Congratulations to Professor Peng, named Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy This honour recognizes Professor Peng’s academic achievements and her contributions to the emerging field of global social policy. The Canada Research Chair program recognizes scholars in Canada who are “outstanding, world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields,” who … Read More

Including all voices in political deliberation

Imagine a political discussion that involves in-depth reasoned discussion and has the potential to move people with entrenched positions to considering alternative viewpoints. In light of the recent US election, such a scenario might seem utopian. Even so, participation in political communication is one of the cornerstones of democracy. Robust democratic involvement asks that citizens … Read More

BJS Prize for article on social media in the Egyptian Uprising

Congratulations to Professor Robert Brym and graduate students Melissa Godbout, Andreas Hoffbauer, Gabe Menard and Tony Huiquan Zhang who recently received the British Journal of Sociology 2016 Prize for their co-authored article, Social Media in the 2011 Egyptian Uprising. Established in 2009, the BJS award is presented bi-annually to the authors of an article published … Read More

Pettinicchio on Hillary Clinton’s America

Professor David Pettinicchio is a faculty member at the University of Toronto, Mississauga with expertise in the area of political sociology and social policy. He, together with Michelle Maroto of the University of Alberta, recently published a piece on the Huffington Post Contributor platform. The entire post can be found online. The following is an … 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

Fathoming the New Frontier

Professor John Hannigan’s new book, The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans, was recently reviewed in the Irish Times. The full review is available online here. The following is an excerpt: The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans review: fathoming the new frontier John Hannigan’s highly readable survey of mankind and the oceans tackles deep-sea mining, superpower rivalries, global … 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

Working Paper 2016-01

Does School Poverty Mediate the Effects of Neighborhood Context on Academic Achievement during Childhood? Geoff T. Wodtke, University of Toronto Matthew Parbst, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2016-01 July 2016 Keywords: neighbourhoods, schools, academic achievement, poverty, mediation, childhood Full Article Abstract Theory suggests that the school environment is an important pathway through … Read More

Professor Ellen Berrey and the Enigma of Diversity

We are pleased to welcome Professor Ellen Berrey to the Department of Sociology. Professor Berrey is teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto, Mississauga and is a member of the graduate faculty of the tri-campus Sociology Department. We are also very happy to congratulate Professor Berrey on the awards and accolades that her first … 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