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PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque on the links between neoliberal governance and social movements in Bangladesh

PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque published an article in the Social Movement Studies.  The article analyzes the connection between national energy policy development in Bangladesh and the social movement that contested it. M. Omar Faruque will receive his PhD in June, 2019. He successfully defended his dissertation entitled, Mining Capitalism and Contentious Politics in Bangladesh this … Read More

PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque on mining and activism in Bangladesh

PhD graduate M. Omar Faruque published an article in the Asian Journal of Political Science.  The piece analyzes the development of local community resistance to mining in Bangladesh. Faruque studied the Phubari movement and found that its success in opposing mining was largely because the activists worked with local communities and framed their action in … 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 Graduate Kim de Laat and Professor Judith Taylor on Feminist Internships and Political Activism

PhD Graduate Kim de Laat and Professor Judith Taylor published an article in Feminist Formations that examines the effect of the institutionalization of the women’s movement on younger generation’s perceptions of political activism. Through interviews conducted with university students who participated in “feminist internships”, the authors find that “progressive social-movement organizations” can negatively affect students’ perceptions of … 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

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani on Rob Ford, Substance Misuse, and the Media

PhD Graduate Jenna Valleriani, in collaboration with Professor Liam Kennedy (University of Western Ontario), published an article the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The article analyzes how the media reported and framed Rob Ford’s substance misuse scandal. The authors argue that the media coverage reinforced racial stereotypes surrounding crime and contributed to stigma around drug … Read More

Professor Dan Silver examines the “Ford Nation” and populism in Toronto

Professor Dan Silver’s research was featured on CityLab for his study on how populism took hold in Toronto, particularly under Rob and Doug Ford’s influence in Ontario politics. Professor Silver is studying the rise of the “Ford Nation,” a broader populist movement, along with Fernando Calderòn-Figueroa (a graduate student at U of T), and a … Read More

Professor Kristin Plys studies a Tea House in Lahore to learn about Resistance to Authoritarianism

Coffee and tea have a long history of brewing resistance.  Professor Kristin Plys received funding from the Connaught New Researcher Award to study the role of the Pak Tea House in Lahore, Pakistan to understand the role the tea house played as a site of socialization for artists and intellectuals resisting authoritarianism in the twentieth … Read More

“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

PhD Graduate Elise Maiolino on Public Gender Identity in Canadian Politics

PhD Graduate Elise Maiolino published an article in the Canadian Review of Sociology that examines media coverage of a boxing match between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Senator Patrick Brazeau. The article explores how politicians “restore” gender identity. Maiolino introduces the concept of “recuperative gender strategies” to demonstrate how Trudeau worked to reaffirm his masculine identity … 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