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Faculty Member Kristin Plys has her book “Capitalism and its Uncertain Future” published

Professor of Sociology Kristin Plys (Ph.D. 2016, Sociology, Yale University) recently had her book, “Capitalism and its Uncertain Future”, co-authored with Charles Lemert, published by Routledge. This book follows the theories of capitalism from four perspectives: macro-historical theories of the origins of capitalism; postcolonial theories of capitalism that situate capitalism as seen from the Global … Read More

PhD Student Ferdouse Asefi published in ‘The Hamilton Spectator’ on The Betrayal of Afghanistan

Sociology PhD Student Ferdouse Asefi at the University of Toronto was recently published in The Hamilton Spectator. Asefi’s opinion article “The Betrayal of Afghanistan” brings light to the governmental response to the fall of Afghanistan. The full article is available on ‘The Hamilton Spectator’ website here. An excerpt of the article is below: “122 days. … Read More

PhD Student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius awarded the Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize

Sociology PhD Student Eduardo Gutierrez Cornelius at the University of Toronto was recently awarded the 2021 Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay Prize from the Canadian Law and Society Association. His paper, “Discursive Mismatch and Globalization by Stealth: The Fight Against Corruption in the Brazilian Legal Field”, was initially wrote for courses in the PhD … Read More

PhD Student Jillian Sunderland interviewed by ‘The Medium’ on Social Media Activism

Sociology PhD Student Jillian Sunderland and an SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholar at the University of Toronto was recently interviewed by Dalainey Gervais from ‘The Medium’. Sunderland was interviewed on her both her research and personal experience regarding social media, platform use, activism, and the separation of activism and corporate capitalism. The full article is available … Read More

Faculty Member Hae Yeon Choo interviewed by ‘Winnipeg Free Press’ on Squid Game

Professor Hae Yeon Choo was recently interviewed by Joel Schlesinger of the ‘Winnipeg Free Press’. Choo was interviewed on the rising popularity of the Netflix drama Squid Game. The article focuses on the universal theme present in Squid Game – money and desperation. This interview was based on Prof. Choo’s research, as part of Didier Fassin’s … Read More

PhD Student Youngrong Lee’s Practicum Research on Heterogeneity of Gig Workers was published

Sociology PhD Student Youngrong Lee’s practicum research was recently published in Critical Sociology. Her research is titled “After a Global Platform Leaves: Understanding the Heterogeneity of Gig Workers through Capital Mobility”. This article outlines the importance of heterogeneity in understanding divergent worker subjectivities found in the case of capital mobility in the platform economy. Lee dives into … Read More

The tri-campus department of sociology is committed to the fight against racism and to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The tri-campus department of sociology is committed to the fight against racism and to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This includes hiring and retaining BIPOC faculty; diversifying our graduate students and facilitating an inclusive curriculum; and creating a culture and climate based on respect, free of racism. While much of this work falls … Read More

Congratulations to Fernando Calderón Figueroa, recipient of the 2021 Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance

Congratulations to Fernando Calderón Figueroa who was awarded the 2021 Blanche and Sandy Van Ginkel Graduate Fellowship in Municipal Finance and Governance from the Institute of Municipal Finance and Governance in the Munk School of Global affairs and Public Policy. Fernando is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology with research interests in the relationship … Read More

Milos Brocic and Professor Dan Silver publish on the Impact of Georg Simmel

PhD student Miloš Broćić and Professor Dan Silver have recently published an article on the reception of Georg Simmel in the Annual Review of Sociology. The article explores the importance of Simmel’s work for urban and conflict studies since 1975. Miloš Broćić is a doctoral candidate in the department of Sociology. He is currently completing … Read More

PhD student Kayla Preston on far right groups, populism and the federal election

PhD student Kayla Preston recently published an article on The Conversation. A political sociologist studying de-radicalization, Kayla wrote about the threat of far right groups in Canada and their potential impact on the federal election. We have included an excerpt of the article below. The full article is available at The Conversation’s website. With far … Read More

Professor Scott Schieman and PhD Candidate Phil Badawy on difficulties in Remote Work

Professor Scott Schieman and PhD Candidate Phil Badawy recently wrote an op ed in the Toronto Star. Based on their research interviewing Canadian workers, the op ed highlights some of the challenges of remote work. Professor Schieman has ongoing SSHRC-funded research exploring work-life balance and employment satisfaction in Canada. Phil Badawy is currently writing his … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Jack Veugelers for winning the ASA’s Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award!

Professor Jack Veugelers’ new book recently received this year’s ASA Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award in the Political Sociology section. The book is titled “Empire’s Legacy: Roots of a Far-Right Affinity in Contemporary France.” Professor Jack Veugelers is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on right-wing extremism and … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams for winning the 2021 ASA International Migration Section’s Thomas and Znaniecki book award

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams for winning the 2021 ASA International Migration Section’s Thomas and Znaniecki Award for her book, “Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World!” The Thomas and Znaniecki book award is given annually to a book published within the previous two years for its “outstanding social … Read More

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