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Political Sociology

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

Professor Geoff Wodtke profiled by FAS as a Rising Star

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto recently profiled Geoff Wodtke as part of the Rising Star series. The article discusses Wodtke’s personal and professional interests in studying neighbourhood inequality. Be sure to read the whole article.  

DeCentering Citizenship

Professor Hae Yeon Choo is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Toronto, Mississauga, and Affiliated Faculty of the Asian Institute and the Women and Gender Studies Institute. Her new book Decentering Citizenship examines the varying claims to citizenship rights of Filipina migrants in South Korea. Stanford Press provides the following synopsis Decentering Citizenship follows … Read More

Cultural Scenes and Political Attitudes

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Diana Miller and Professor Dan Silver who recently published an article on the importance of spatial cultural scenes for understanding political attitudes. This research benefited from funding from SSHRC. The full article can be accessed here and I include the citation and abstract below. Diana L. Miller and Daniel Silver (2016) … Read More

Under the Sea

Professor John Hannigan has recently published a new book investigating the ways in which we think about and govern the seas. The publisher has this to say about Professor Hannigan’s book: Long regarded as an empty and inhospitable environment, the deep ocean is rapidly emerging as an ecological hot spot with a remarkable diversity of … Read More

Happy Independence Day, Tunisia

March 20th is Independence Day in Tunisia, the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring and therefore a model for other countries in the region. It is also less than two weeks after an ISIS attack on Ben Gardane, a town on Tunisia’s border with Libya — the fourth such attack in the country … Read More

The Size of Others’ Burdens

Professor Erik Schneiderhan has recently published a new book studying the tension that exists in American society between the ideals of individualism and the goal of helping others. The publisher has this to say about Professor Schneiderhan’s book: Americans have a fierce spirit of individualism. We pride ourselves on self-reliance, on bootstrapping our way to … Read More

Are Smart People Actually Less Racist?

Professor Geoffrey Wodtke studies the contextual and individual-level determinants of inter-group relations. His research studying the connections between racism and intelligence was published this month in Social Problems and has been featured in the media, including in The National Post, Yahoo News and the Washington Post. The original article is Geoffrey T. Wodtke Soc Probl … 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