Cynthia Cranford is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto (Mississauga). Professor Cranford studies the intersection of economic change, gender and international migration. She teaches courses in the Sociology of Work and Qualitative Methodologies.
Cranford’s research uses multiple methods and bridges macro structural relations and micro-level practices and meanings. It focuses on the downgrading of employment through economic restructuring, how restructuring draws on social inequalities such as gender, class and race, and on different forms of worker resistance. Cranford has conducted both industry case studies and broader analyses of inequalities in labour markets in Canada and the U.S. Professor Cranford is currently studying the changing organization of home care in Ontario and California, examining the intersection of economic change, gender and international migration. She recently co-authored a book entitled Self-Employed Workers Organize: Law, Policies and Unions. Her current research project is entitled, Negotiating Quality Care and Quality Work: Personal Care Providers and People with Physical Disabilities in Toronto. The project is funded by SSHRC.