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Congratulations to Ioana Sendroiu, recipient of the 2017 Daniel G Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology

Congratulations to Ioana Sendroiu, winner of the 2018-19 Daniel G. Hill Prize for Best Graduate Paper in Sociology at the University of Toronto. The prize honours Daniel G. Hill who was a Canadian sociologist, civil servant, human rights specialist, and Black Canadian historian.  He received his Ph.D. in our department in 1960.  Dr Hill applied his … Read More

Politics of Empowerment: New Book by Professor David Pettinicchio

Why are decades-old disability rights policies like the ADA facing political threats which undermine their ability to help people with disabilities? Professor David Pettinicchio’s newly published book, “Politics of Empowerment: Disability Rights and the Cycle of American Policy Reform” aims to answer this question. In addition, he states that it offers a timely explanation for … Read More

PhD Candidate Gordon Brett on the Personal Blogs of Healthcare Professionals

PhD Candidate Gordon Brett published an article in the Journal of Communication Inquiry. The article examines the motivations and explanations of health care professionals who negotiate the benefits and risks of online communication with respect to their roles. Gordon Brett is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Sociology Department.  His research interests lie at the intersection of … Read More

PhD student Kaitlyn Quinn on the Penal Voluntary Sector

PhD student Kaitlyn Quinn has recently published an article in Punishment & Society. This article uses field theory to explore how individuals in penal voluntary organizations in Canada understand their roles in helping criminalized women. The findings illustrate how volunteers, paid practitioners, and “professional exes”, although all ostensibly involved in the same goal—helping criminalized women—draw … Read More

PhD Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron on Dating Abuse Against Women in a Cultural Context

PhD Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron published an article in Journal of Interpersonal Violence, entitled “One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Dating Abuse Against Women From the Perspective of South Asian Muslim Youth in Canada.” The article explores dating abuse against women among South Asian Muslim women. The article finds sociocultural variation in the meanings of dating behaviour … Read More

PhD Candidate Patricia Louie and Professor William Magee on the differences between Black and White Americans in Anger-Out

Ph.D. Candidate Patricia Louie and Professor William Magee have co-authored an article published in Race and Social Problems, entitled “Did the Difference Between Black and White Americans in Anger-Out Decrease During the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century?” This article examines the black–white difference in anger-in and anger-out in a sample representative of Americans aged … Read More

Doctoral Candidate James Braun on the construction of ‘worthy’ or ‘unworthy’ of Jamaican Nationals

PhD Candidate, James Braun, has published an article in Nations and Nationalism that examines how Afro-Creole nationalist ideology constructed the (un)worthiness of migrating Jamaicans’ claims to diasporic membership. Reflecting the hegemonic social hierarchies in Jamaica, he argues that these constructions of the (un)worthy migrants are to the social benefit of creole middle-class men. James Braun is an … Read More

The Rise of Social Animals: The Sociology Department Volleyball Team

The past two summers (2018, 2019) have witnessed the rise of the Social Animals in the University of Toronto Summer Intramural Volleyball League. Spearheaded in 2018 by Prof. Geoff Wodtke (now at the University of Chicago), the team is comprised of both graduate students and faculty members at the Department of Sociology at the University … Read More

Professor Jennifer Adese comments about the lack of political rhetoric around minority and Indigenous rights during the election campaign

In an article by National Post, Professor Jennifer Adese commented about the lack of political rhetoric around minority and Indigenous rights during the election campaign. This article not only discussed three of four main political parties’ — the Liberals, Greens and NDP — commitments aimed at Indigenous peoples, but it also underscored the lack of … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah: Canada Should Legalize All Recreational Drugs

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently wrote and published an opinion piece in the University of Toronto Magazine, entitled “Canada Should Legalize All Recreational Drugs.” Professor Owusu-Bempah is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, with teaching responsibilities at the UTM campus. He is also the director of research for Cannabis Amnesty, … Read More

Congratulations to Yang-Sook Kim for award-winning article

Congratulations to doctoral candidate, Yang-Sook Kim, who recently received an award from the Association of Korean Sociologists in America for her article, “Care Work and Ethnic Boundary Marking in South Korea” that was published in Critical Sociology in April of 2018. The award is given annually to honour “an outstanding graduate student paper on a … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Emine Fidan Elcioglu on receiving the Connaught New Researcher Award

Congratulations to Professor Emine Fidan Elcioglu, whose work has been recognized with the Connaught New Researcher Award. Professor Elcioglu is one of six sociology faculty members to receive this award in 2019. The annual award provides up to $20,000 to new tenure-stream faculty members, and is intended to help them establish a strong research program, … Read More

Scholars’ Conversations: Clayton Childress, Under the Cover

Professor Clayton Childress was recently interviewed as part of the “Scholar’s Conversations” series on the American Sociology Association’s Consumers and Consumption area website. Professor Childress is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto with undergraduate teaching responsibilities at UTSC. The Scholar’s Conversations series consists of graduate students or other scholars in the … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Ethan Fosse on receiving the Connaught New Researcher Award

Congratulations to Professor Ethan Fosse, whose work has been recognized with the Connaught New Researcher Award. Professor Fosse is one of six sociology faculty members to receive this award in 2019. The annual award provides up to $20,000 to new tenure-stream faculty members, and is intended to help them establish a strong research program, and … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Monica Alexander on receiving the Connaught New Researcher Award

Congratulations to Professor Monica Alexander, whose work has been recognized with the Connaught New Researcher Award. Professor Alexander is one of six sociology faculty members to receive this award in 2019. The annual award provides up to $20,000 to new tenure-stream faculty members, and is intended to help them establish a strong research program, and … Read More

PhD Candidate Gordon Brett discusses the violence and culture in MMA Fighting

PhD Candidate Gordon Brett has written an article using concepts within cultural sociology to analyze the perceptions and understandings of violence in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). In particular, he looks at the ability of MMA to be viewed as a legitimate cultural form with artistic merits. Gordon Brett is a Doctoral Candidate at the University … Read More

PhD Graduate Judy Beglaubter on the Gendered Difference of Parental Leave

PhD Graduate Judy Beglaubter published an article in Canadian Review of Sociology that examines heterosexual couple’s decisions regarding parental leave.  She explores whether these decisions are motivated by the desire for the parent to be at home, or if they were compelled by their circumstance. Judy Beglaubter obtained her PhD in Sociology at the University of Toronto … Read More

Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Patricia Louie on receiving the Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s Mental Health Section

Congratulations to Patricia Louie whose sole-authored article, “Revisiting the Cost of Skin Color: Discrimination, Mastery, and Mental Health among Black Adolescents” was recently awarded the 2019 Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the ASA’s Mental Health Section. Patricia published the article in Society and Mental Health based on analysis of the National Survey of American … Read More

PhD Candidate Anelyse Weiler’s research on craft cider and artisan farmers in National Post

The National Post recently reported on Anelyse Weiler’s dissertation research as part of a series reporting on “some of the most interesting” research presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in early June. Anelyse is currently a doctoral candidate in sociology, completing her dissertation, The Periphery in the Core: Investigating Migration, Agrarian … Read More

Atsushi Narisada to begin tenure track position at St. Mary’s University

Recent PhD recipient, Atsushi Narisada will begin a new position as a Tenure-stream Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Atsushi recently defended his dissertation and will officially convocate in the fall of 2019.  His dissertation is titled The Social Antecedents and Consequences of the Sense of Distributive Injustice. He completed it … Read More