Professor of Sociology
Chair, St. George Campus Department of Sociology
Canada Research Chair in the Social Context of Health.
My research and teaching interests fall into three broad areas: health/medical, work/stratification, and the sociology of religion. I’m currently engaged in a large, national longitudinal study of work, stress, and health among Canadians. This project investigates the social causes and health consequences of stress in the lives of Canadian adults and the ways that these processes change over time–across 5 waves, from 2011 to 2019. The aim is to replicate and extend research that I recently completed in the United States. I’m also conducting an in-depth qualitative study of Canadians in dual-earner couples with children at home to explore the meaning and nature of the work-family interface–and the stressors and resources in these contexts.
A substantial component of my research on work and health–using both quantitative and qualitative methods– seeks to investigate the stressors associated with higher status positions and activities in the workplace. I’ve referred to this as the “stress of higher status.” My research focuses on the nature of demands and resources across the entire socioeconomic spectrum. Ultimately, I seek to document and describe the implications of these processes for the work-family interface, health, satisfaction, and well-being.
I am also currently conducting research about the ways that religious beliefs affect our health, our social lives, and the nature of our politics. In these analyses, I draw from different disciplines and data sources to describe the impact of beliefs in a personal God who intervenes in the events and outcomes of our lives.