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PhD student Isra Saymour publishes first peer-reviewed journal article in Human Geography

Isra Saymour’s article entitled “ The oilfields of Mesopotamia: Resource conflict, oil extraction and heritage destruction in Iraq” was recently published in Human Geography. Quoting from the article Abstract: “Using a critical, multidisciplinary array of secondary sources, this paper links oil, conflict, and culture against a (neo)colonial backdrop to illustrate that Operation Iraqi Freedom was … Read More

PhD Student, Umaimi Miraj publishes “For a Revolutionary Feminist World-Systems Analysis: The Case of Ghada”

Sociology doctoral candidate, Umaimi Miraj recently published “For a Revolutionary Feminist World-Systems Analysis: The Case of Ghada” in the Journal of World Systems Research. In the article, Miraj examínes how women’s contributions to revolutionary anti-colonial movements remain limited, and often marginalized or forgotten. She proposes that feminist world-systems need to rethink theories of anti-systemic movements … Read More

C4eRadio: Ethics of Research Podcast (Ep. 3): An interview with Jessica Stallone on anti-Muslim racism in Canada

In this episode, Aden interviews Jessica Stallone who is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto.

Congratulations to Marie-Lise Drapeau-Bisson, recipient of a postdoctoral SSHRC Grant

Marie-Lise Drapeau-Bisson, PhD Student at the University of Toronto, recently received a postdoctoral SSHRC Grant for her project “Books and Unusual Archives: An Analysis of Intimate Feminist Memory Work in Québec”, supervised and hosted by Ann Cvetkovich at the Pauline Jewett Institute for Women and Gender Studies at Carleton. The postdoctoral research project extends her … 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

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

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

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

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

PhD student Fernando Calderon Figueroa, a finalist in the CRDCN National Policy Challenge

Congratulations to PhD student Fernando Calderon Figueroa, for making it to the final round of the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) National Policy Challenge. This challenge gives emerging researchers the opportunity to present their research findings on a policy problem of their choice. The final round will be set up as a small conference … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Patricia Louie, winner of the Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student, PhD Award

  Congratulations to Professor Patricia Louie, winner of this year’s Outstanding Graduating Sociology Student, PhD Award! This award was created by the Canadian Sociological Association in 2013 to help Sociology Departments recognize their top graduating students. During her time at the University of Toronto, Professor Louie made significant contributions to the research community. She published … 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

U of T Sociologists at the 2021 Canadian Sociological Association Meeting

Sociologists at the University of Toronto will again join with colleagues from across the country for this year’s Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference (CSA). The Conference will be held virtually this year (by the University of Alberta) as part of the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities from May 31st – June 4th. The Congress … Read More

PhD Student Andy Holmes recently published “Marching with Pride? Debates on Uniformed Police Participating in Vancouver’s LGBTQ Pride Parade”

PhD student Andy Holmes recently published a research article titled “Marching with Pride? Debates on Uniformed Police Participating in Vancouver’s LGBTQ Pride Parade” in the Journal of Homosexuality. The article examines the controversy surrounding police presence at Pride parades. Andy collected data by conducting twelve in-depth interviews with participants of differing opinions. Half of the … Read More

Congratulations to Natalie Adamyk, winner of Best Student Paper award from the Canadian Sociology Association

Congratulations to Natalie Adamyk, winner of the Best Student Paper award from the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA)! This award is given to the graduate student whose paper, presented at the Annual CSA Conference, is judged to be the best among those received for adjudication. Natalie’s paper is titled, “ ‘You can transfer skills you’ve gained … Read More

PhD student Rebecca Lennox recently published ‘“There’s Girls Who Can Fight, and There’s Girls Who Are Innocent”: Gendered Safekeeping as Virtue Maintenance Work’ in Violence Against Women

Ph.D. student Rebecca Lennox recently published ‘“There’s Girls Who Can Fight, and There’s Girls Who Are Innocent”: Gendered Safekeeping as Virtue Maintenance Work’ in Violence Against Women. Drawing on in-depth interviews with women residents of Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, the article investigates safety behaviours commonly practiced by women in public places, such as avoiding unlit … Read More