Recently Funded Faculty Research Projects

All of our faculty members have active research programs.

This page highlights some our our research projects that have recently received external research funding. Such funding provides support to hire student research assistants, pay for travel for fieldwork and dissemination, and cover the costs of software and research equipment.

This list includes those whose funding ends after 2020. Other faculty members conduct research without external funding, have small funds that are adequate to support their research, or have continuing grants extended from prior to this listing.

Faculty members who have funding that is not listed here should contact sociology.research@utoronto.ca in order to have their grant added to this list.

For an overview of all of the research that our faculty members conduct, please review the Research in Brief section of this website and the individual faculty members’ webpages.


Jennifer Adese, No One Else Can Speak for Us: Metis women’s Political Organizing, 1970s – Present (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2019-2021)

Monica Alexander, Using Facebook data to Measure and understand migration patterns in Canada (Connaught New Staff Research Grant, 2019-2021) and (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2019-2021)

Ellen Berrey, Student Protests and University Responses in the United States and Canada, 2012-2018 (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2020-2024)

Fedor Dokshin, Going Solar: The Social Determinants of Residential Solar Panel Diffusion (Connaught New Staff Research Grant, 2019-2021) and  (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2019-2021)

Fidan Elcioglu, The Political Effects of Taking in Strangers: An Interview-Based Study of the Motivations, Experiences, and Worldviews of Private Refugee Sponsors in Canada (Connaught New Staff Research Grant, 2019-2021)

Jerry Flores, Disappearing in the City: An Urban Ethnography of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Men (Connaught New Staff Research Grant, 2019-2021)

Ethan Fosse, The Consequences of Downward Social Mobility in the United States and Canada (Connaught New Staff Research Grant, 2019-2021)

Robin Gray, The Repatriation of Song: Ownership, Access and Control of Indigenous Cultural Heritage (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2019-2021)

Steve Hoffman, Managing the Unimaginable: Knowledge Production, Prediction, and Anticipatory Technology among Toronto Area Disaster Management Professionals (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2019-2022)

Ping Chun Hsiung, The Politics of Investigative Research during China’s Great Leap Forward, 1958-62 (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2017-2023)

Anna Korteweg, Borders, boundaries, and bodies in the production of non-belonging: Regulating the return of European women who joined the Islamic State (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2020-2024)

Patricia Landolt, Precarious noncitizenship through the life course (SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, 2018-2021)

Sida Liu, Ecologies of globalization: China’s shadow on the legal professions in Hong Kong and Taiwan (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2018-2023)

Neda Maghbouleh, Canada Research Chair in Race, Migration and Identity (Tier II Canada Research Chair, 2020-2025)

———-, Settlement, integration, & stress: A 5-year longitudinal study of Syrian newcomer mothers & teens in the GTA (Province of Ontario Early Researcher Award, 2018-2023)

———-, Melissa Milkie and Ito Peng, Settlement, integration, and stress: a 5-year longitudinal study of Syrian newcomer mothers and teens in the GTA (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2018-2023)

Alexandra Marin, Theorizing dormancy: understanding non-active ties in social networks (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2018-2021)

Andrew Miles, Is doing good intentional? The cognitive foundations of moral action (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2020-2025)

Melissa Milkie, Time Together and Apart: Clarifying the Family Time Paradox in Canada and the United States (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2019-2022)

Ito Peng, Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy (Tier I Canada Research Chair, 2016-2023)

Kim Pernell-Gallagher, Canada Research Chair in Economic Sociology (Tier II Canada Research Chair, 2016-2022)

David Pettinicchio, Employment Discrimination in Hiring People with Disabilities: An Audit Study (Province of Ontario Early Researcher Award, 2017-2022)

Markus Schafer, Distant Ties: Geographical Proximity and the Function of Older Adults’ Social Networks (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2019-2021)

Scott Schieman, Distributive Justice in Canada (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2020-2025)

———-, Canada Research Chair in the Social Contexts of Health (Tier I Canada Research Chair, 2017-2024)

Erik Schneiderhan, Ethnicity in the Public Sphere: Political Deliberation on Salient Policy Issues in Canada (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2016-2022)

Tahseen Shams, Effects of Intra-Ethnic Dynamics on Muslim Integration in Canada (Connaught New Staff Research Grant, 2019-2021)

Dan Silver, Canonization and disciplinary identity in sociology: evidence from Canada, France, and Germany (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2018-2021)