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Professor Jooyoung Lee on The New Normal podcast speaking about Anti-Asian Racism

Professor Jooyoung Lee recently appeared on the University of Toronto podcast, The New Normal, to discuss anti-Asian racism. The episode is the first of a two-part series called: Scapegoat. In addition to Professor Lee, the host Maydianne Andrade, also spoke to Diana Fu of Political Science. Professor Yooyoung Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology … 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

Professor Nicholas Spence’s research team recently published ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic: Informing Policy Decision-Making for a Vulnerable Population’ in the International Indigenous Policy Journal (IIPJ)

Professor Nicholas Spence’s research team recently published ‘The COVID-19 Pandemic: Informing Policy Decision-Making for a Vulnerable Population’ in the International Indigenous Policy Journal (IIPJ).  This article examines the Canadian Covid-19 response during wave one and hopes to guide policy decision-making as it affects our most vulnerable populations. The article states that rates of infection and … Read More

Professor Jooyoung Lee shares his insights with the Washington Post, CTV Online, CP24, and CBC: Here & Now regarding the recent shooting in Atlanta

Much of Professor Jooyoung Lee’s research focuses on gun violence and how it impacts communities and marginalized groups.  With the horrific shooting events in Atlanta, Jooyoung shares his insights with several media outlets. The Washington Post article “Shootings in Atlanta put focus on year of heightened anti-Asian violence in the West” discusses the alarming rise … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah discusses the role of police on CBC Radio One

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently discussed the role of police on CBC Radio One.  Professor Owuwu-Bempah believes that Canadians need to rethink the role of police and would like to see a detasking of police duties.  There needs to be a full understanding of what Toronto police do on a daily basis and the resources required … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams, recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Pacific Sociological Association 

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams, recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Pacific Sociological Association for her book “Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World.” The Distinguished Scholarship Award is granted to sociologists from the Pacific region in recognition of major intellectual contributions embodied in a recently … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah speaks with Vassy Kapelos on Canada National Power & Politics – CBC News

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah spoke with Vassy Kapelos on Canada National Power & Politics – CBC News about the Federal governments new legislation to relax penalties for drug offences. Professor Owusu-Bempah believes a full repeal of the controlled drugs and substances act would have been preferred to avoid criminalizing people for possession because the marginalized and … Read More

Professor JooYoung Lee recently spoke with Ginella Massa on Canada Tonight – CBC News

Professor Jooyoung Lee spoke with Ginella Massa on Canada Tonight – CBC News about Canada’s recent ban on targeted firearms. The Canadian government recently announced its plans to implement its voluntary gun buy back program.  Professor Lee expressed concerns over the effectiveness of this program.  He explains that voluntary gun buy back programs are often … Read More

PhD student Ferdouse Asefi’s op-ed ‘Empty words and promises are not a serious attempt at reconciliation’ in the Hamilton Spectator

PhD student Ferdouse Asefi recently wrote an op-ed, Empty words and promises are not a serious attempt at reconciliation, in the Hamilton Spectator. The article outlines the numerous failures by the federal Liberal government to keep their promises to achieve reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, as well as insufficient gestures towards reconciliation by Conservative party members. From … Read More

Professor Tahseen Shams featured on “Pandemics” – the first episode of Migrations: A World on the Move Podcast

Professor Tahseen Shams was recently featured in the first episode of Migrations: A World on the Move Podcast, titled Pandemics. In this episode, Professor Shams spoke with host Eleanor Paynter and guests Dr. Gunisha Kaur and Dr. Katie Fiorella on the topic of how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped our understanding of borders and migration. Professor Shams … Read More

Professor Jerry Flores’ personal story with education and academia featured in a new University of Toronto Magazine article

Professor Jerry Flores was recently featured in the University of Toronto Magazine. The article recounts Flores’ personal experiences in education as a young marginalized person, what redirected his path towards higher education, and some of the projects he has worked on to “participate in social justice” as an academic. Professor Flores is an Assistant Professor … Read More

PhD student Man Xu’s new article: ‘The Sky-High Dreams of Yiwu’s Grassroots Cosmopolitans’ on Sixth Tone

PhD student Man Xu’s new article The Sky-High Dreams of Yiwu’s Grassroots Cosmopolitans is featured in Sixth Tone, an online publication that provides content on contemporary China.  Man’s blog examines how Yiwu is redefining cosmopolitanism, moving away from an exclusive lifestyle meant only for the societal elite to a culture created in a thriving global city … Read More

Professor Anna Korteweg on View to the U – her work, research stories, and inspiration

Professor Anna Korteweg appeared on the University of Toronto Mississauga research podcast View to the U to speak about her current work, research stories, and what inspires her. In the podcast she reviewed some of the general research questions found throughout her work. Some of these question include how the labelling of immigrants by national … Read More

Congratulations to Professor Neda Maghbouleh awarded Wall Scholar appointment at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS)

Congratulations to Professor Neda Maghbouleh who was recently awarded a Wall Scholars Research Award from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) at the University of British Columbia. The award is a one year residency appointment at the Institute where awarded scholars have the opportunity to develop their research centered on a particular theme … Read More

Professor Jennifer Adese recently named Canada Research Chair at UofT Mississauga

Professor Jennifer Adese at U of T Mississauga was recently named a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Métis Women, Politics, and Community, as featured in an article published in University of Toronto Mississauga news. In this article, Adese expresses her excitement for this opportunity to develop more research of Métis women’s experiences in Métis activism. … Read More

Professor Owusu-Bempah comments on police use-of-force during wellness checks – National Post article

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah’s comments appeared in an article in the National Post titled “Police shootings in 2020: The effect on officers and those they are sworn to protect.” The article reviews the statistics of police shootings in Canada in 2020, comparing patterns among the 55 cases of this year and across some year-to-year trends. Professor … Read More

Professor Owusu-Bempah highlights lack of diversity in Canadian cannabis industry, calls to incorporate equity programs – Forbes Article

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently featured in a Forbes article by Amanda Siebert titled “How Canada’s (very white) cannabis industry could learn from social equity programs in the US.” In the article, Professor Owusu-Bempah discussed how the disproportionate harm Black and Indigenous communities faced under prohibition contrasts sharply with his research revealing white men to be … Read More

Professor Jerry Flores calls for long overdue international investigations in the U.S. and Canada amidst forced sterilization of ICE detainees

Professor Jerry Flores recently published an article titled “ICE detainees’ alleged hysterectomies recall a long history of forced sterilizations” on theconversation.com. Flores recounts the longstanding history of forced sterilizations in U.S. institutions to expose the ongoing harm on Latina, migrant, refugee, Black, Indigenous and at-risk women in the medical sphere. Professor Flores traces stories of … Read More

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah on persistent issues of systemic racism within RCMP in CBC News article

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah was recently featured in a CBC News article titled RCMP’s diversity hiring remains stagnant, new figures show by Catharine Tunney. The article opens with an overview of the lack of diversity in RCMP hiring practices over the last decade. In reference to the statistics provided by the RCMP, Professor Owusu-Bempah criticized their use … Read More

Prof. Emine Fidan Elcioglu discusses her new book ‘Divided by the Wall’ at a UCLA and UCSD co-sponsored colloquium

Prof. Emine Fidan Elcioglu recently discussed her new book with Prof. Tom Medvetz, organized by UCLA and UCSD.  The recording is posted on the UCLA website and can be found HERE. Author: Emine Fidan Elcioglu, (PhD, UC Berkeley) Emine Fidan Elcioglu is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. At the intersection of … Read More