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De-tasking police and restructuring community safety – Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah featured in discussion about police and public safety on The Agenda

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently appeared on an episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin alongside former RCMP officer Chad Haggerty, London police chief Stephen Williams and staff lawyer at Black Legal Action Centre Fareeda Adam. They discussed the role of police in society, given recent events in the U.S. and Canada. In this conversation, Professor Akwasi … Read More

“The hidden ways working from home is affecting our health”: Toronto Star Article by Professor Scott Schieman

Professor Scott Schieman recently wrote an article The hidden ways working from home is affecting our health in the Toronto Star. In the article, Professor Schieman looks at how COVID-19 is changing the way workers view flexible time arrangements at work. While his research with PhD student  Philip Badawy in September 2019 showed both workers … Read More

“Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in premature and avoidable mortality in Canada, 1991–2016”: Newly published journal article in the CMAJ co-authored by Sociology MA student Abtin Parnia

MA student Abtin Parnia recently co-authored a paper entitled, “Trends in socioeconomic inequalities in premature and avoidable mortality in Canada, 1991–2016” in the CMAJ. The authors find that mortality inequalities between the rich and poor is widening in Canada.  One of the reasons for this increasing inequality is likely the retrenchment of the welfare state, … Read More

“‘You Gotta Be Able to Pay Your Own Way’: Canadian News Media Discourse and Young Adults’ Subjectivities of Successful Adulting” – Rebecca Lennox co-authored article in the Canadian Journal of Sociology

Ph.D. student Rebecca Lennox recently co-authored an article entitled, “‘You Gotta Be Able to Pay Your Own Way: Canadian News Media Discourse and Young Adults’ Subjectivities of Successful Adulting” in the Canadian Journal of Sociology. In the article, the authors use Foucauldian Discourse Analysis to identify dominant ideals of successful adulthood as they circulate in … Read More

Report shows police are key drivers of racism against Black people: Akwasi Owusu-Bempah of UTM discusses the cycle of criminalization

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah was recently featured in an opinion piece in The Toronto Star by columnist Shree Paradkar. The story discusses a new report by the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) detailing how Toronto Police are more likely to criminalize and use violence during encounters with Black people. The article Are we OK living in … Read More

The distracted worker is the greatest perceived threat to employers despite all the benefits of working from home

Professor Scott Schieman wrote an article in The Toronto Star, with University of Toronto undergraduate student Ryu Won Kang. The article The distracted worker is the greatest perceived threat to employers despite all the benefits of working from home looks at employers’ concerns of increased distractions experienced by employees while working from home.  To some employers, … Read More

How the pandemic is reordering society

Professor Scott Schieman recently spoke with Piya Chattopadhyay on her new show The Sunday Magazine on CBC Radio about how the covid-19 pandemic has impacted our lives and society as a whole. Professor Schieman outlines an array of challenges Canadians face with regards to parenthood, gender disparities, the socio-economic divide, and the effects of loneliness on … Read More

Professor Melissa Milkie on Canadian fathers and housework and child care

Professor Melissa Milkie recently co-wrote an article in The Conversation discussing the shift in housework amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her co-investigators have found that fathers have begun to do a greater share of the housework and complete more parental tasks at home than they had done before the pandemic. Professor Melissa Milkie is … Read More

Professor David Pettinicchio on Canadians with disabilities and chronic health conditions feeling left behind amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Professor David Pettinicchio recently co-wrote an op-ed in The Toronto Star discussing the negative impacts wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadians with disabilities and long-term chronic health conditions.  Although most people with disabilities and chronic health conditions who applied for the CERB found the process accessible, they expressed anxieties about what will happen in the … Read More

Professor Sida Liu on China’s legal system and its components

Professor Sida Liu recently spoke to UTM News regarding the case of two Canadians facing espionage charges in China. Professor Liu is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, with teaching responsibilities on the UT Mississauga (UTM) campus. He is a faculty fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is also an … Read More

Professor Jennifer Adese on raising awareness of Métis women’s stories in Canada

Professor Jennifer Adese recently spoke to U of T News on the importance of raising awareness of Métis women and their stories within a Canadian context. Professor Adese explains that it is crucial to look into the historical accounts of Métis girls and women, examining the reasons why Métis, as a whole, were mistreated and … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah on reducing unnecessary interactions between the public and the police

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently spoke to CBC News on limiting unnecessary interactions between the public and the police force. Professor Owusu-Bempah says that this is an important step to take because some of these unnecessary interactions have resulted in violence. Professor Owusu-Bempah explains that other agencies may be more suitable to complete some of the … Read More

Professor Ethan Fosse on the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the US

Professor Ethan Fosse recently appeared alongside Amish Adalja and Willy Lowry on the podcast Beyond the Headlines to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the US. Professor Fosse explains that the pandemic requires a redirection towards thinking of caring for the welfare of the community in contrast to the message pushed by Republicans in the … Read More

PhD candidate Cinthya Guzman on routine disruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic

PhD candidate Cinthya Guzman recently published an article in Contexts Magazine on routine disruption amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Her previous research focused on ways in which contexts shape routinization regarding the lives of 100 Canadians. Following up with her research participants, PhD candidate Cinthya’s work now also examines the impact of routine changes wrought by COVID-19. … Read More

Professor Dan Silver on Canada’s arts sector and its need for transformative action

Professor Dan Silver recently co-authored an op-ed in The Globe and Mail about the need to invest in arts as a form of building Canadian infrastructure. Looking to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) as a model, the authors suggest that the Canadian arts sector requires major investment with co-ordination across different levels of … Read More

Professor Ito Peng on why framing racism as a public health issue masks the real problem

Professor Ito Peng recently spoke to Global News about racism and its implications when being framed as a public health issue. While beneficial for raising awareness, Professor Peng argues that framing racism as a health issue limits the scope of its both its roots and the work needed for society to dismantle racist systems of … Read More

Professor Judith Taylor on White Men and Violence

Professor Judith Taylor recently wrote an op ed in The Toronto Star discussing white men and their violence. Judith Taylor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, with teaching responsibilities on the St. George campus. Her research focuses on the intersection of feminist activism, community organizations, and social changes within public … Read More

Professor Jennifer Adese on UTM’s View to the U

Professor Jennifer Adese recently appeared on an episode of UT Mississauga (UTM)’s View to the U: An eye to UTM research Podcast to discuss about her current research on Métis women and their representation within a Canadian context. She also discusses racism and oppression as well as what it means to be an ally for … Read More

Immigrant communities: conforming into the majority culture and breaking down anti-Black racism

Professor Jooyoung Lee recently spoke to CBC News about anti-Black racism in immigrant communities.  He spoke of his own experience as a Korean American in Southern California who studied hip hop culture. Professor Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto with teaching responsibilities on the St. George campus. He is … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu Bempah: Defunding the police: what does it mean?

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently spoke to CTV News about what it means to defund the police as a way to end violent policing amongst Black communities. Professor Owusu-Bempah explained that defunding the police does not necessarily mean eliminating the police force. Instead, it means to reallocate and redistribute some of their funds to important agencies … Read More