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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 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 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

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

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah was recently featured in an article about Black overrepresentation in Ontario’s jails

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah was recently featured in an article titled “New data provides a rare glimpse at ‘substantial’ Black overrepresentation in Ontario’s jails” in the Toronto Star.  Although Black overrepresentation in jails is primarily associated with the US, Professor Owusu-Bempah explains in this article that it is a prevalent issue in Canada as well. In Ontario, … Read More

Professor Joe Hermer was recently featured in an article titled “Policing and evicting people living in encampments will not solve homelessness in Canada”

Professor Joe Hermer was recently featured in an article titled “Policing and evicting people living in encampments will not solve homelessness in Canada” in the National Post.  The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rise in homelessness and policing of encampments in Canada. Homeless people who live in these encampments face the risk of being ticketed … Read More

Professor Ito Peng on the value of a Long-Term Care Insurance system for Canada

Recently, Professor Ito Peng’s article titled “Long-term care insurance would better serve Canada’s aging population” was featured in the digital magazine Policy Options, published by the Institute for Research on Public Policy. In this article, Professor Peng states that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an immense toll on long-term care (LTC). However, these consequences are … Read More

Professor Judith Taylor recently published an op-ed titled “COVID-19 has exposed Canada as a country where our shiny well-heeled innovators take our money and fail us”

Professor Judith Taylor recently published an op-ed in the Toronto Star titled “COVID-19 has exposed Canada as a country where our shiny well-heeled innovators take our money and fail us”. In this article, Professor Taylor argues that despite the close collaboration between the corporate and political elites, they are failing to protect Canadian lives and provide … Read More

PhD student Anson Au recently published, “How US Fed monetary policy is putting Hong Kong’s economy at risk”

PhD student Anson Au recently published an op-ed on South China Morning Post titled “How US Fed monetary policy is putting Hong Kong’s economy at risk”. In this article, Anson analyzes the latest developments in the U.S. Federal Reserve policy and the three threats it poses to Hong Kong’s economy. These threats include: (1) the … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee a commentator for true-crime documentary

Professor Jooyoung Lee was recently featured as a commentator in the new true-crime documentary “Catching A Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur”. Bruce McArthur is known as one of Toronto’s most infamous serial killers who preyed on gay men. Professor Lee explains that McArthur didn’t fit into the stereotypical image of a serial killer. Using his lifestyle … Read More

Jooyoung Lee on What the US can learn about Gun Control from Canada

Professor Jooyoung Lee recently published an op-ed with CNN on what the US can learn about gun control from Canada. In this article, Professor Lee argues that in the US, high-risk people are able to buy guns from a licensed dealer too easily. Background checks are not exhaustive enough and the gun control laws are … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee on The New Normal podcast speaking about Anti-Asian Racism

Professor Jooyoung Lee recently appeared on the University of Toronto podcast, The New Normal, to discuss anti-Asian racism. The episode is the first of a two-part series called: Scapegoat. In addition to Professor Lee, the host Maydianne Andrade, also spoke to Diana Fu of Political Science. Professor Yooyoung Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology … Read More

Storytelling is Big Business: Professor Clayton Childress on the Public Books Blog

Professor Clayton Childress recently published an article in “Public Books,” an online publication dedicated to bringing “scholarly depth to discussions of contemporary ideas, culture, and politics.” Professor Childress’ piece discusses two books, Álvaro Santana-Acuña’s Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic and Maryann Erigha’s The Hollywood … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee shares his insights with the Washington Post, CTV Online, CP24, and CBC: Here & Now regarding the recent shooting in Atlanta

Much of Professor Jooyoung Lee’s research focuses on gun violence and how it impacts communities and marginalized groups.  With the horrific shooting events in Atlanta, Jooyoung shares his insights with several media outlets. The Washington Post article “Shootings in Atlanta put focus on year of heightened anti-Asian violence in the West” discusses the alarming rise … Read More

Professor Scott Schieman was recently quoted on the BBC website for the article “Why remote work has eroded trust among colleagues”

Professor Scott Schieman was recently quoted on the BBC website in an article entitled, “Why remote work has eroded trust among colleagues”.  The article outlines how the ongoing remote work arrangements caused by the pandemic has led to a lack of trust between managers and employees.  The article explains that the lack of social interactions … Read More