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Scott Schieman on BNN: rethinking work-life balance

Professor Scott Schieman was recently interviewed by the Business News Network on a segment about Work-Life Balance. In the segment, Professor Schieman draws on findings from his CIHR-funded national study into work-life stress among Canadians. Professor Schieman is currently the Chair of the St. George Campus Department of Sociology and he is a Canada Research … Read More

Congratulations to Ito Peng, CRC in Global Social Policy

Congratulations to Professor Peng, named Canada Research Chair in Global Social Policy This honour recognizes Professor Peng’s academic achievements and her contributions to the emerging field of global social policy. The Canada Research Chair program recognizes scholars in Canada who are “outstanding, world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields,” who … Read More

Including all voices in political deliberation

Imagine a political discussion that involves in-depth reasoned discussion and has the potential to move people with entrenched positions to considering alternative viewpoints. In light of the recent US election, such a scenario might seem utopian. Even so, participation in political communication is one of the cornerstones of democracy. Robust democratic involvement asks that citizens … Read More

Habit and the Body

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Athena Engman and Professor Cynthia Cranford who recently published an article on the role of physical capacity in habit formation. Thanks to SSHRC for funding the research that resulted in this publication. The article was recently highlighted by the American Sociological Association as a journal highlight when it appeared earlier this … Read More

UTM News features Hae Yeon Choo

Professor Hae Yeon Choo’s new book was recently profiled on the University of Toronto Mississauga’s News site. Women’s work: New book by UTM prof examines migrant labour and citizenship in South Korea Friday, October 7, 2016 – 12:50pm Blake Eligh news.utm@utoronto.ca A new book by a U of T Mississauga sociology professor Hae Yeon Choo … Read More

Professor Neda Maghbouleh featured on UTM’s Research News site

The Research Office at the University of Toronto, Mississauga recently posted a profile of Professor Neda Maghbouleh, a sociologist specializing in race and ethnicity. The full profile is available here. The following is an excerpt: Hitting Home Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 4:35pm Carla DeMarco car.demarco@utoronto.ca U of T Mississauga Sociology prof studies migration, minorities … Read More

The Social Networks of Seniors

The Faculty of Arts and Science News recently profiled Professor Markus Schafer in their series on “Rising Stars.” The piece discusses Professor Schafer’s doctoral work that studied the social networks of seniors in a residence complex, and his ongoing research into social networks, health and aging more generally. Read the article here. Professor Schafer’s research … Read More

What happens when first-time mothers take maternity leave?

What happens when first-time mothers take maternity leave? For one thing, they begin to socialize with each other. With months or years away from the workforce and a whole new identity as a parent, women often seek out groups where they share parenting-related knowledge and, in many cases, gain emotional and social support. The women … Read More

Alexandra Marin studying ties that change

Relationships change over time and ties that were once significant sometimes fade or disappear from sight. Having once existed, however, these ties still hold the potential to re-emerge at a later time, mobilized like sleeper cells when circumstances or needs change. This year, Professor Alexandra Marin received a grant from the American Sociological Association’s Fund … Read More

Gender and the Census

S.W. Underwood is a PhD student in Sociology with a specialization in gender, family, and critical cultural studies. The recipient of a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier doctoral scholarship, his current research examines gender and family formation among gay men in the transition to parenthood. S.W. recently published an Op Ed in the Toronto Star discussing the … Read More

Cultural Scenes and Political Attitudes

Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Diana Miller and Professor Dan Silver who recently published an article on the importance of spatial cultural scenes for understanding political attitudes. This research benefited from funding from SSHRC. The full article can be accessed here and I include the citation and abstract below. Diana L. Miller and Daniel Silver (2016) … Read More

Sociology of Meat

Through much of human history, meat has enjoyed an exceptionally prominent position in our diet. It is both an important source of protein and a cultural product with deep significance. Nonetheless, current and projected levels of meat consumption over the next several decades promise to overtax the food distribution system, push agriculture to more and … Read More

Happy Independence Day, Tunisia

March 20th is Independence Day in Tunisia, the only democracy that emerged from the Arab Spring and therefore a model for other countries in the region. It is also less than two weeks after an ISIS attack on Ben Gardane, a town on Tunisia’s border with Libya — the fourth such attack in the country … Read More

Health and Social Networks among Older Adults

Social networks have a powerful impact on well-being — an impact that only increases with age. Changes in health status in old age, however, can limit older adults’ ability to maintain a broad and supportive pool of social resources. Professor Markus Schafer’s new research program, recently funded by the Province of Ontario’s Early Research Award … Read More