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PhD Candidate Patricia Louie and Professor William Magee on the differences between Black and White Americans in Anger-Out

Ph.D. Candidate Patricia Louie and Professor William Magee have co-authored an article published in Race and Social Problems, entitled “Did the Difference Between Black and White Americans in Anger-Out Decrease During the First Decade of the Twenty-First Century?” This article examines the black–white difference in anger-in and anger-out in a sample representative of Americans aged … Read More

Doctoral Candidate James Braun on the construction of ‘worthy’ or ‘unworthy’ of Jamaican Nationals

PhD Candidate, James Braun, has published an article in Nations and Nationalism that examines how Afro-Creole nationalist ideology constructed the (un)worthiness of migrating Jamaicans’ claims to diasporic membership. Reflecting the hegemonic social hierarchies in Jamaica, he argues that these constructions of the (un)worthy migrants are to the social benefit of creole middle-class men. James Braun is an … Read More

Congratulations to Yang-Sook Kim for award-winning article

Congratulations to doctoral candidate, Yang-Sook Kim, who recently received an award from the Association of Korean Sociologists in America for her article, “Care Work and Ethnic Boundary Marking in South Korea” that was published in Critical Sociology in April of 2018. The award is given annually to honour “an outstanding graduate student paper on a … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Emine Fidan Elcioglu on receiving the Connaught New Researcher Award

Congratulations to Professor Emine Fidan Elcioglu, whose work has been recognized with the Connaught New Researcher Award. Professor Elcioglu is one of six sociology faculty members to receive this award in 2019. The annual award provides up to $20,000 to new tenure-stream faculty members, and is intended to help them establish a strong research program, … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Monica Alexander on receiving the Connaught New Researcher Award

Congratulations to Professor Monica Alexander, whose work has been recognized with the Connaught New Researcher Award. Professor Alexander is one of six sociology faculty members to receive this award in 2019. The annual award provides up to $20,000 to new tenure-stream faculty members, and is intended to help them establish a strong research program, and … Read More

Working Paper 2019-02

Decentering methodological nationalism to survey the chutes and ladders of precarious legal status trajectories Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto Luin Goldring, York University Paul Pritchard, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2019-02 July 2019 Keywords: precarious legal status trajectories, methodological nationalism, survey design, administrative data, frontline epistemologies Full Article Abstract Methodological nationalism limits … Read More

Congratulations to PhD students Dana Wray and Laila Omar on receiving Best Student Paper Award and Honourable Mention from the Canadian Sociological Association

The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) has awarded their Best Student Paper prize to PhD student Dana Wray, with an Honourable Mention going to another of our graduate students, Laila Omar. Both of the papers were originally papers written for the Second Year PhD Research Practicum course. Dana’s paper was titled,”Can Paternity Leave Policy Change Father … Read More

Report from Professor Brym’s survey of Jews in Canada released

On March 12th, Professor Robert Brym, S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology, along with Rhonda Lenton of York University and the Environics Institute for Survey Research released a report of findings from their recent survey of the Canadian Jewish community.  The study surveyed over 2,000 Jews in Canada and asked questions about their identity, beliefs and … Read More

PhD Graduate Salina Abji on Anti-Border Movements and Gender Based Violence

PhD Graduate Salina Abji has recently published an article in the international Feminist Journal of Politics. The article investigates postnational-feminist approaches to gender-based violence in the contemporary immigration context. The article examines how for some advocates, a postnational politics deeply informed their criticisms of state borders and restrictive immigration controls as fundamental sources of gendered and racialized violence. Salina … Read More

Working Paper 2019-01

Assembling the Politics of Noncitizenship: Local struggles to enforce and extend access to health care Patricia Landolt, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2019-01 January 2019 Keywords: assemblages, boundary work, health care, noncitizenship, political contestation, politics of noncitizenship Full Article Abstract Shifts in global migration are sparking powerful political clashes over the terms … Read More

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk on Transnational Foodways

PhD Candidate Merin Oleschuk published an article in Anthropologica that discusses the role of culinary traditions in shaping identity among female South Sudanese refugees living in Alberta. She argues that these ‘foodways’ allowed the women to exercise their agency in their new environment. Merin Oleschuk is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto studying the … Read More

PhD Graduate Salina Abji on State Responsibility and Violence Against Women

PhD Graduate Salina Abji published an article in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society that analyzes the relationship between state power and women’s rights. She explores the political advocacy within the “Shelter | Sanctuary | Status” Campaign formed by feminist and migrant rights groups in protest of the searching of women’s shelters for … Read More

PhD Candidate Salina Abji on Post-Nationalism and Migrant Rights

In an article published in Citizenship Studies, PhD Graduate Salina Abji analyzes the “No One Is Illegal” migrant rights movement in Canada to explore the limitations and opportunities of a post-nationalist framework. She argues that although post-nationalism is limited in its ability to address the concerns of non-status migrants, the conceptual framework is useful for challenging … Read More

PhD Candidate Catherine Cheng and Professor Hae Yeon Choo on Women’s Migration for Domestic Work and Cross-Border Marriage

PhD Candidate Catherine Cheng and Professor Hae Yeon Choo published an article that reviews the literature on women’s migration in East and Southeast Asia for the purposes of domestic work and cross-border marriage. The article highlights the interconnections between migration for domestic work and migration for marriage in East and Southeast Asia. Catherine Cheng is a PhD … Read More

PhD Graduate Elise Maiolino on Identity Work in Olivia Chow’s Mayoral Campaign

PhD Graduate Elise Maiolino published an article in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy that examines Olivia Chow’s mayoral campaign. The piece argues that racism and sexism within political campaigns requires women and people of colour to put in additional “identity work” not required by their white, male counterparts. Elise Maiolino obtained her PhD in Sociology … Read More

Professor Neda Maghbouleh featured on the “Ajam Podcast”

Professor Neda Maghbouleh spoke on the Ajam Podcast, a platform that challenges simplistic representations of the ‘Ajam’ region in Western media, and brings academic debates on the topic to a wider audience. After discussing the major themes and reception of her book, The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race, Professor … Read More

“Caring Across Borders: The Transformation of Care and Care Work” Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun for Global Dialogue

Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun has recently co-written an article that has been featured in Global Dialogue, the digital magazine of the International Sociological Association. The article discusses how market interventions and transnational circuits of care work have altered social relations and modes of belonging, from the moment of conception to end-of-life experiences. Professor Jennifer Jihye Chun … Read More

Dr. Ellen Berrey studies the spread of student-led social justice movements

Professor Ellen Berrey recently received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to investigate student protests and universities’ responses in the U.S. and Canada, with a focus on anti-racism mobilization. She and her collaborator, Dr. Alex Hanna (Google, Inc.), are working with a team of student research assistants to gather and analyze data from student newspapers chronicling … Read More

“Why does the migrant caravan exist?” – Professor Jerry Flores published on “The Conversation Canada”

Professor Jerry Flores recently published an article in The Conversation Canada about the migrant caravan heading from Central America toward the United States. The article looks at both the immediate causes of individuals and families leaving Guatemala and Honduras in a caravan for the north and the longer term role of U.S. interference in the … Read More

“Feminism gone bad? Women’s organisations and the hard right in Germany” writes Professor Anna Korteweg for Open Democracy

Professor Anna Korteweg has co-written a blog article for  about the unintended alliance of some anti-Muslim German feminists with far-right actors as both make issue of the “Islamization of Germany.” OpenDemocracy describes itself as a news media platform that uses “human rights as (their) central guiding focus, and open-mindedness as (their) method.” In the … Read More