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Congratulations to graduate students receiving SSHRC fellowships

This year, eight of our PhD students received funding from SSHRC. This funding will provide them with support for one to four years. Although all students in the University of Toronto graduate programs have a guaranteed funding package, receiving a SSHRC fellowship provides additional funding and allows them reduce the number of hours devoted to … Read More

Professor Patricia Landolt in The Conversation: “Suburban monumentalism: do we change Indigenous-settler relations when there are no statues to destroy?”

Professor Patricia Landolt recently co-authored an article titled “Suburban monumentalism: How do we change Indigenous-settler relations when there are no statues to destroy?” on The Conversation. Professor Landolt argues that although suburbs are often overlooked as places of action, they have also played a role in the Indigenous dispossession and settler-colonial violence. She gives the example … Read More

Professor David Pettinicchio and PhD student Jordan Foster in The Conversation: Victoria’s Secret joins the “inclusive revolution”

Professor David Pettinichio and PhD student Jordan Foster recently co-authored an article titled “Victoria’s Secret joins the ‘inclusive revolution,’ finally realizing diversity sells” on The Conversation. The article chronicles recent trends in fashion brands using models with disabilities in their advertising. Over the past two years, brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Aerie and now Victoria’s Secret … Read More

Professor Weiguo Zhang featured in Toronto Star article about social capital

Professor Weiguo Zhang was recently featured in an article titled “Do you have ‘social capital?’ These Mississauga men have used theirs for the greater good” by the Toronto Star. In this article, the author cites Professor Zhang as an example of someone using their social capital to help their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor … Read More

Professor Joe Hermer in The Conversation: “Homeless encampment violence in Toronto betrays any real hope for police reform”

Professor Joe Hermer recently published an article titled “Homeless encampment violence in Toronto betrays any real hope for police reform” on The Conversation. The piece argues that when police officers forcibly and violently demolished homeless encampments in parks across Toronto they broke a trust with the public that they had committed to repairing just a few … Read More

Professor David Pettinicchio recently co-authored an article titled “Canadians with disabilities are feeling left behind by pandemic policy”

Professor David Pettinicchio recently co-authored an article titled “Canadians with disabilities are feeling left behind by pandemic policy” on First Policy Response. The article reports on findings from a study he and a colleague conducted in June 2020 that found that many persons with disabilities and chronic health conditions were ineligible for the Canada Emergency … Read More

Professor Ito Peng begins new Partnership project titled “Care Economies in Context: Towards Sustainable Social and Economic Development”

Professor Ito Peng received news earlier this spring that she has received funding for a second large partnership project. This project, called “Care Economies in Context: Towards Sustainable Social and Economic Development,” pulls together research teams from eight different countries and has funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), The William and … Read More

Professor Tahseen Shams begins new SSHRC-funded research project studying interracial and interfaith relationships among South Asian Muslim Immigrants

Professor Tahseen Shams has recently begun a new research project titled “Race, Religion, and Romance: A Comparative Study of Interracial and Interfaith Unions in Canada and the United States Using the Case of South Asian Muslim Immigrants.” The project, that was recently funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, seeks to  “understand the personal, social, and … Read More

Professor Luisa Farah Schwartzman’s new SSHRC-funded research studies struggles over rights in the Brazilian justice system

Professor Luisa Farah Schwartzman recently started a new SSHRC-funded research project titled “Bringing Democracy into the Law: Urban Inequalities and Struggles over Rights and Fairness in the Brazilian Justice System.” For this project, Professor Farah Schwartzman and her team of graduate students will investigate the various ways in which different Brazilians negotiate rights and justice. … Read More

Three Sociology graduate students receive Harney fellowships for 2021

Congratulations to Jessica Stallone, Samia Tecle, and Man Xu, PhD students in Sociology, for receiving the R.F. Harney Graduate Research Fellowship in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Policy. The Harney Fellowship offers funding to advanced graduate students conducting research in areas related to citizenship, migration, and diversity. … Read More

PhD student Gordon Brett recently published a piece titled “A Sociology of ‘Thinking Dispositions'”

PhD student Gordon Brett recently published a piece titled “A Sociology of ‘Thinking Dispositions’” on the academic blog Culture, Cognition, and Action (culturecog).  In this piece, Gordon emphasizes the importance of taking into account individual variability in sociological work on dual-process cognition. From examining the claims of various cultural sociologists, Gordon shows that they “presuppose … Read More

Professors Jerry Flores and Weiguo Zhang received grants for new research projects from UTM

Congratulations to Professor Jerry Flores and Professor Weiguo Zhang who have recently received funding from the University of Toronto, Mississauga for their upcoming research projects. This funding is administered by UTM’s new initiative “Black, Indigenous, and Racialized Scholar/Research Grant Program“. The purpose of this program is to support research projects that address racial inequity, the … Read More

Professor John Hannigan’s new book “Rise of the Spectacular: America in the 1950s” in press for July 2021

Professor John Hannigan has a new book coming out in July 2021 titled “Rise of the Spectacular: America in the 1950s”. This book is billed as a prequel to an earlier book titled “Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern Metropolis.” Professor Hannigan is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He … Read More

Professor Joe Hermer was recently featured in an episode about homeless encampments in Trinity Bellwoods by The Agenda, TVO

Professor Joe Hermer was recently featured in an episode titled “Clearing Homeless Encampments: Tensions Overflow in Trinity Bellwoods” by The Agenda, TVO. Professor Hermer, outreach worker Lorraine Lam, and mayor Michael Thompson weighed in with their thoughts regarding the recent incident at Trinity Bellwoods. In June, the police and security dismantled the homeless encampment at … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently featured on CNN about gun control

Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently featured on CNN in a report titled: “Gun Violence Epidemic: Why Canada’s Gun Violence is Fraction of US”. Over the 4th of July weekend, there were hundreds of shootings in the US, including three mass shootings. These events have led to rising concerns over the US’ lenient gun laws and … Read More

PhD student Kayla Preston recently published an article titled “The Black Pill: New Technology and the Male Supremacy of Involuntary Celibate Men”

PhD student Kayla Preston recently published an article titled “The Black Pill: New Technology and the Male Supremacy of Involuntary Celibate Men” in the journal of Men and Masculinities. This article examines the arguments that heterosexual incel men make regarding their attempts in finding a partner. Kayla and her co-authors collected data by qualitatively analyzing 9,062 comments … Read More

Congratulations to Franklynn Bartol, winner of the Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student, MA Award

Congratulations to Franklynn Bartol, winner of the Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student, MA Award! This award was created by the Canadian Sociological Association in 2013 to help Sociology Departments recognize their top graduating students. As a first-year PhD student in the University of Toronto’s Sociology Department, Franklynn is an active member of the research community and … Read More

Professor Ellen Berrey weighs in on the debate about Critical Race Theory

Professor Ellen Berrey was recently featured in an article titled “What Is Critical Race Theory and Why Are Some People So Mad at It?” by Snopes. Over the past few months, Critical Race Theory (CRT) has become a topic that sparks heated debates among members of different political parties. In this article, Professor Berrey weighs in … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently featured in multiple news articles about anti-Black racism in Canada

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah’s research on anti-Black racism was recently featured in multiple news sources including U of T News, CTV News, CBC News, and CityNews.  On U of T and CTV News, Professor Owusu-Bempah shares his finding that young Black men in Ontario are not only “starkly overrepresented” in the prison system, but also spend a lengthier … Read More

Sociology honouring the CAUT censure

The Department of Sociology is honouring the Censure placed upon the University of Toronto by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). This censure is a response to significant evidence that university administration facilitated attempts by an external donor to influence the impending hire of the Director of the International Human Rights Program at the … Read More