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Ethnicity, Race and Immigration

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

“Divided by the Wall”: New Book by Professor Emine Fidan Elcioglu

Professor Emine Fidan Elcioglu’s newly published book, Divided by the Wall: Progressive and Conservative Immigration Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of California Press) tells the story of why ordinary Americans join volunteer organizations to either help undocumented immigrants or aid immigration enforcement. Based on twenty months of immersive ethnography, Divided by the Wall mines … Read More

“Here, There, and Elsewhere”: New Book by Professor Tahseen Shams

Professor Tahseen Shams’ newly published book, “Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World,” looks at how immigrants’ lives are both influenced and influence the societies of their origin, their destination, as well as societies elsewhere in an interconnected global community.  The book draws from the South Asian Muslim American … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams who has been awarded a 2020-2021 Bissell-Heyd Research Fellowship for the Centre for the Study of the United States

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams who recently received a 2020-2021 Bissell-Heyd Research Fellowship for the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. The goal of her research is to examine and elaborate on the impacts of racial and social injustice, drawing from immigrants’ experiences … 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 Nicholas Spence’s Connaught-funded research studies intra-group differences among Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Professor Nicholas Spence recently received a Connaught New Researcher Award for his project, “The Impact of Social Context (Income Inequality) on Health Among Indigenous Peoples in Canada.”  The project begins with the understanding that for some Indigenous Peoples in Canada the standard of living is comparable in many respects to that of developing countries but … Read More

Dr. Ellen Berrey studies the spread of student-led anti-racism protest

Professor Ellen Berrey’s newly SSHRC-funded research project, “Student Protests and University Responses in the United States and Canada, 2012-2018,” with Dr. Alex Hanna (Google, Inc.) examines where, when, why, and how students protest and how university administrations respond. Her goal is to identify patterns in protest mobilization, the diffusion (or spread) of protest, and universities’ … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams whose article received an honourable mention in the Global and Transnational Sociology Section of the ASA

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams who recently received an honourable mention from the Global and Transnational Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for her scholarly article titled “Successful yet Precarious: South Asian Muslim Americans, Islamophobia, and the Model Minority Myth” in Sociological Perspectives. Professor Shams received the honourable mention for her excellence 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

Professor Julius Haag on The New Normal

Professor Julius Haag recently appeared on The New Normal with Maydianne Andrade, a weekly podcast. Professor Haag appeared, alongside Mark Campbell, on Part I of ‘Enough’ – a two-part episode to discuss the impacts of systematic anti-Black racism. He explains how the rise of violent policing and criminalization relates to the health-care system as well … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah on the Agenda

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently appeared on an episode of The Agenda with Steve Paikin alongside Sandy Hudson, Kike Ojo-Thompson, and Roger Dundas to discuss solutions to stop anti-Black racism and systematic discrimination on a large scale. Professor Owusu-Bampah compares structural racism in the US and Canada, emphasizing the political sphere of racism in both countries. … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah on defunding the police

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently spoke to the Toronto Star about the movement to defund police in favour of community organizations  especially in the cases of mental health calls. We have included an excerpt of the article below. Professor Owusu-Bempah is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, with teaching responsibilities at the … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah on how to reduce police violence

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah spoke to Mugglehead News in response to US House of Representatives suggesting that the War on Drugs was responsible for increases in police violence, particularly against Black people. While the US resolution called for greater accountability, Professor Owusu-Bempah argued that reducing the funding and scope of responsibilities of the police would more … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah speaks on podcast about Cannabis and the Criminalization of Black Canadians

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently contributed to a Policy Options podcast entitled “Cannabis and the Criminalization of Black Canadians.” Policy Options is an online newsletter sponsored by the Institute for Public Policy Research.  It airs podcasts every second Wednesday. Professor Owusu-Bempah is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. he has teaching responsibilities … Read More

Ph.D. Candidate Laila Omar, on “Listening in Arabic”

Ph.D. candidate Laila Omar co-authored and published an article in Meridian, entitled “Listening in Arabic: Feminist Research with Syrian Refugee Mothers”. The article takes a feminist approach to research and is highly conscious of the unequal relations between women at the intersection of class, race, citizenship status as well as several other categories that represent asymmetrical … Read More