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PhD Candidate Katelin Albert on Research Funding in the Social Sciences

In an article published in the Canadian Journal of Sociology, PhD Candidate Katelin Albert studies the impact of the shift in Canadian social science research funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). Albert argues that the structure and distribution of CIHR funding allows it … Read More

Professor Neda Maghbouleh and Professor Jasmine Rault Featured on UTM’s View to the U Podcast

Professors Neda Maghbouleh and Jasmine Rault were featured on the UTM research podcast, View to the U. They discuss the research they are currently working on, including topics such as race, immigration, sexuality, archives, and digital humanities. The podcast provides a fascinating look into what really goes into conducting a research study. Dr. Maghbouleh’s work … Read More

PhD Graduate Kat Kolar on the Concept of Resilience

PhD graduate Kat Kolar published an article in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction that explores the theoretical concept of resilience and its role in social science research. Kolar outlines the concept’s history, its relationship with risk, and its application for research on the development of children and adolescents. Kat Kolar obtained her PhD in … Read More

PhD Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron co-authors article on reflexivity and intersecting identities in post-positivist research

PhD Candidate Amanda Couture-Carron, in collaboration with Professors Arshia Zaidi and Eleanor Maticka-Tyndale, has published an article in Qualitative Sociology Review, entitled “Reflexive accounts: Exploring intersectionality and the fluidity of insider/outsider status on the impact on culturally and religiously sensitive post-positivist research.” The article examines the implications of researchers’ intersecting identities in qualitative research in … Read More

Working Paper 2018-03

Visualizing demographic evolution using geographically inconsistent census data Fabio Dias, University of Toronto Daniel Silver, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2018-03 March 2018 (updated November, 2018) Keywords: Human-centered computing; Visualization; Visualization application domains; Visual analytics; Mathematics of computing; Probability and statistics; Statistical paradigms; Exploratory data analysis Full Article Abstract Census measurements provide … Read More

Working Paper 2018-01

A Regression-with-Residuals Method for Estimating Controlled Direct Effect Xiang Zhou, Harvard University Geoffrey T. Wodtke, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2018-01 March 2018 Keywords: Regression Analysis; Methods Full Article Abstract In a recent contribution, Acharya, Blackwell and Sen (2016) described the method of sequential g-estimation for estimating the controlled direct effect (CDE). … Read More

Working Paper 2017-01

Regression-Based Adjustment for Time-Varying Confounders Geoff Wodtke, University of Toronto UT Sociology Working Paper No. 2017-01 May 2017 Keywords:  marginal structural models, structural nested mean models, inverse probability of treatment weighting, regression with residuals, time-varying confounders Full article Abstract Social scientists are often interested in estimating the marginal effects of a time-varying treatment on an … Read More

Ping-Chun Hsiung’s “Lives and Legacies”provides interactive instruction in qualitative interviewing

Teaching the skills needed for qualitative interviewing poses particular challenges. Students need to learn how to frame and ask questions, how to practice reflexivity, and how to analyze interview data. Such skills cannot be learned simply by reading about them in a textbook. Recognizing that practice provides the best way to learn the skills involved … Read More

Alexandra Marin studying ties that change

Relationships change over time and ties that were once significant sometimes fade or disappear from sight. Having once existed, however, these ties still hold the potential to re-emerge at a later time, mobilized like sleeper cells when circumstances or needs change. This year, Professor Alexandra Marin received a grant from the American Sociological Association’s Fund … Read More

The Transgressive Practices of Teaching Qualitative Research

Professor Ping-Chun Hsiung recently served as the guest editor for a Special Issue of Qualitative Inquiry called “Teaching Qualitative Research as Transgressive Practices” (February 2016: 22 (2). This issue breaks new ground by recognizing teaching as an essential means for the production and reproduction of Qualitative Research. It sees the teaching of Qualitative Research as … Read More