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Pettinicchio on Hillary Clinton’s America

Professor David Pettinicchio is a faculty member at the University of Toronto, Mississauga with expertise in the area of political sociology and social policy. He, together with Michelle Maroto of the University of Alberta, recently published a piece on the Huffington Post Contributor platform. The entire post can be found online. The following is an … Read More

Working Paper 2016-04

The Shelf Life of a Socio-Technical Disaster: Post Fukushima Policy Change in the United States, France and Germany Steve G. Hoffman, University of Toronto Paul Durlak, University of Buffalo, SUNY UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2016-04 September 2016 Keywords: disaster, Fukushima, nuclear energy, policy change, risk, technology Full Article Abstract How can large-scale socio-technical disasters … Read More

Working Paper 2016-03

Sex and the Single Worker: Who’s Cynical about Work-Life Balance? John Kervin, University of Toronto Mark Easton, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2016-03 June 2016 Keywords: work-life balance, gender, household structure Full Article Abstract Increasing numbers of employers are instituting policies and practices to address the problems of employees’ work-life balance (WLB), … Read More

Working Paper 2016-02

Overlapping Ecologies: Professions and Development in the Rise of Legal Services in China Sida Liu, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2016-02 July 2016 Keywords: profession, development, ecology, lawyer, China Full Article Abstract The sociology of professions has derived most of its theories from the cases of professions in the Global North. Despite … Read More

Fathoming the New Frontier

Professor John Hannigan’s new book, The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans, was recently reviewed in the Irish Times. The full review is available online here. The following is an excerpt: The Geopolitics of Deep Oceans review: fathoming the new frontier John Hannigan’s highly readable survey of mankind and the oceans tackles deep-sea mining, superpower rivalries, global … Read More

A podcast interview with Jooyoung Lee

The podcast “Office Hours” recently featured an interview with Professor Jooyoung Lee. Office Hours is a podcast produced by The Society Pages. Office Hours describes itself as a podcast featuring conversations with top social scientists. It is produced at the University of Minnesota, and is hosted by Matt Gunther, Matthew Aguilar-Champeau, and guests from The Society Pages graduate … Read More

Professor Neda Maghbouleh featured on UTM’s Research News site

The Research Office at the University of Toronto, Mississauga recently posted a profile of Professor Neda Maghbouleh, a sociologist specializing in race and ethnicity. The full profile is available here. The following is an excerpt: Hitting Home Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – 4:35pm Carla DeMarco car.demarco@utoronto.ca U of T Mississauga Sociology prof studies migration, minorities … Read More

Mapping the Urban Scenescapes

Congratulations to Professor Dan Silver for his new publication Scenescapes: How Qualities of Place Shape Social Life co-authored with Terry Nichols Clark. The book was published by the University of Chicago Press, which describes the book as such: Let’s set the scene: there’s a regular on his barstool, beer in hand. He’s watching a young … Read More

Trans Rights at the University of Toronto

S.W. Underwood is a PhD student in Sociology with a specialization in gender, family, and critical cultural studies. The recipient of a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier doctoral scholarship, his current research examines gender and family formation among gay men in the transition to parenthood. With Ben Vincent, a PhD student at the University of Leeds, Underwood … Read More

Anelyse Weiler on health care for migrant farm workers in Canada

Anelyse Weiler is a PhD student in Sociology with research focusing on migrant farm workers in Canada. With two medical co-authors, Anelyse recently published an article on the BC Medical Journal’s blog. The BC Medical Journal is a general publication for the continuing education of physicians in British Columbia. The blog consists of “short timely … Read More

Ron Levi as Holocaust Education Week’s Scholar in Residence

Congratulations to Professor Ron Levi who has been named the Scholar in Residence for the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre’s 2016 Holocaust Education Week. Professor Levi is an Associate Professor of Global Affairs and Sociology and holds the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies. His research examines justice system responses to … Read More

Randol Contreras in Toronto Star

The Toronto Star recently published a feature article discussing Professor Randol Contreras’ research and its connections to his own life. Professor Contreras is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Mississauga with a specialization in crime and gangs. His Book, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, has been highly acclaimed and … Read More

Working Paper 2016-01

Does School Poverty Mediate the Effects of Neighborhood Context on Academic Achievement during Childhood? Geoff T. Wodtke, University of Toronto Matthew Parbst, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2016-01 July 2016 Keywords: neighbourhoods, schools, academic achievement, poverty, mediation, childhood Full Article Abstract Theory suggests that the school environment is an important pathway through … Read More

How far can Scholarly Networks Go?

Congratulations to Guang Ying Mo and her coauthors who were recently awarded one of the Emerald Literati Networks Award for Excellence, 2016! Mo and her co-authors, Zach Hayat and Barry Wellman, received an Outstanding Author Contribution Award in the Book Series, Studies in Media and Communications. Their award-winning book chapter is: “How Far Can Scholarly … Read More

The Origins of Inequality

The Department of Sociology congratulates Professor Bernd Baldus on the publication of his book Origins of Inequality in Human Societies. For a detailed outline of the content see chapter one at Google Books. For background information check the publisher’s page. Publisher’s summary: Since the beginning of social life human societies have faced the problem how … Read More

Professor Ellen Berrey and the Enigma of Diversity

We are pleased to welcome Professor Ellen Berrey to the Department of Sociology. Professor Berrey is teaching undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto, Mississauga and is a member of the graduate faculty of the tri-campus Sociology Department. We are also very happy to congratulate Professor Berrey on the awards and accolades that her first … Read More

The Social Networks of Seniors

The Faculty of Arts and Science News recently profiled Professor Markus Schafer in their series on “Rising Stars.” The piece discusses Professor Schafer’s doctoral work that studied the social networks of seniors in a residence complex, and his ongoing research into social networks, health and aging more generally. Read the article here. Professor Schafer’s research … Read More

Alexandra Rodney on Totem Vodka

University of Toronto PhD Candidate Alexandra Rodney recently published a blog post on the site Sociological Images. The blog, created and edited by Professor Lisa Wade of Occidental College in Los Angeles, provides short sociological discussions of “compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.” It is widely used by instructors of … Read More

What happens when first-time mothers take maternity leave?

What happens when first-time mothers take maternity leave? For one thing, they begin to socialize with each other. With months or years away from the workforce and a whole new identity as a parent, women often seek out groups where they share parenting-related knowledge and, in many cases, gain emotional and social support. The women … Read More

U of T at the 2016 ASA

University of Toronto Sociology at the Annual Meeting of the 2016 American Sociological Association Our Sociology faculty members and graduate students are very active with the American Sociological Association, with over 60 of them appearing in this year’s program either as presented or an organizer of a panel. See the program for more information. Here … Read More