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Philip Badawy hired for Tenure Track Position at the University of Alberta

On July 1, 2022, PhD candidate Philip Badawy will join the University of Alberta’s Department of Sociology as a tenure track Assistant Professor. His dissertation, which will be defended in August, is titled “A ‘Holy Grail’ of Work and Economic Life? When and How Schedule Control Functions as a Resource.” The dissertation was completed under … Read More

Assistant Professor Sharla Alegria on a NASA panel considering the next generation of astrophysics observatories

Sociology Assistant Professor Sharla Alegria presented in a panel discussion at NASA’s recent workshop entitled, Precursors to Pathways: Science Enabling NASA Astrophysics Future Great Observatories. Alegria was one of two outside panelists who participated along with three NASA community members in a conversation to guide NASA’s thinking about inclusivity in the development of future observatories … Read More

Improving the lives of subsidized housing tenants – Professor Prentiss Dantzler partners with Toronto Community Housing

One of the common goals that brings together University of Toronto Sociology Professor Prentiss Dantzler and the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is to find ways to provide tenants with affordable places to live. Data is needed to understand better the nuanced demographics and mobility patterns of those receiving housing subsidies. Their proposed study, funded … Read More

Professor Sandy Welsh quoted in Global News story on workplace harassment and violence

Global News published a story on March 30, 2022 covering the findings of a new study which was the result of a partnership between researchers from the University of Toronto, Western University, and the Canadian Labour Congress. More than half of the employees participating in the survey reported experiencing at least one form of violence … Read More

Professor Patricia Landolt on the impact of Covid-19 on non-status migrant workers

Sociology Professor Patricia Landolt recently contributed to a City News story about the impact of Covid-19 on the health and finances of non-status migrant workers. Following Landolt’s survey, conducted in collaboration with a York University Colleague and the FCJ Refugee Centre in Toronto, City News reported that because migrant workers, many of whom are essential … Read More

Professor Scott Schieman and PhD Candidate Phil Badawy on difficulties in Remote Work

Professor Scott Schieman and PhD Candidate Phil Badawy recently wrote an op ed in the Toronto Star. Based on their research interviewing Canadian workers, the op ed highlights some of the challenges of remote work. Professor Schieman has ongoing SSHRC-funded research exploring work-life balance and employment satisfaction in Canada. Phil Badawy is currently writing his … Read More

Professor Scott Schieman on remote work during COVID-19, inequality, and the future of how we think about work – CBC Radio

Professor Scott Schieman spoke with Ontario Morning’s Julianne Hazelwood on CBC Radio January 13th about his ongoing research on the impact of COVID-19 on how Canadians balance their work lives with their family and social lives. Professor Schieman began researching how workers and employers alike thought about and experienced flexible, remote work arrangements in 2019 … 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

Ph.D. student Dana Wray comments for The Toronto Star on existing inequalities in the federal parental benefit and EI system, exposed by the pandemic

Ph.D. student Dana Wray was recently in an article for The Toronto Star shedding light on the existing inequalities in the federal parental benefit and the EI system that has been further exposed by the pandemic.  You can read the article ‘The pandemic exposed huge gaps in EI — turns out the parental leave system … Read More

PhD student Anson Au elected a Full Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

PhD student Anson Au was nominated and elected as a Full Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Founded in 1823, the Royal Asiatic Society recognizes distinguished scholars in the fields of history, languages, cultures and religions of Asia. Fellows of the Royal Asiatic Society gain access to the society’s resources … 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

The (lack of) diversity of Canada’s cannabis industry: report by Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah featured on CBC News and CBC Radio One

A recent report by Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and Nazlee Maghsoudi of the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation about the diversity of Canada’s cannabis industry leaders was featured on a CBC News article by Joyita Sengupta and a CBC Radio One interview. In these appearances, Professor Owusu-Bempah and Nazlee Maghsoudi cite the findings of their policy … Read More

Dr. Ito Peng takes up Canada’s treatment of the elderly in response to COVID-related deaths in long term care facilities on The Massey Dialogues

Dr. Ito Peng recently participated in a Massey Dialogue event titled “COVID, the old and Canada: What’s wrong with us?” alongside former Dean of Nursing Dr. Dorothy Pringle and doctoral candidate Husayn Marani, moderated by Senior Fellow Michael Valpy. This discussion was prompted by the overwhelming proportion of COVID-related deaths among the elderly in long-term care … Read More

Cannabis prohibition’s racial and gender disparities continue to thrive in the legalized cannabis industry: Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah publishes new article on The Globe and Mail

Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah recently co-authored an article titled “Who is profiting off of cannabis in Canada? Not those who suffered most under cannabis prohibition” on The Globe and Mail with Nazlee Maghsoudi, a Knowledge Translation Manager at the Centre on Drug Policy Evaluation (CDPE) and a Doctoral Candidate in Health Services Research at the University of … Read More

Professor Scott Schieman examines the work-from-home divide between parents and non-parents in two recent articles in The Star

Professor Scott Schieman recently published two articles on The Star about the changing work-life conflict and workplace culture for parents and non-parents during the pandemic. His first article titled “The pandemic has decreased work-life conflict for Canadians without kids — but parents aren’t so lucky” uses data collected from September 2019 to June 2020 to observe … Read More

Manal Choudhry examines the Korean Wave as a transnational tool for economic and political relations in U of T’s Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Manal Choudhry published an article entitled “Transnational Diplomacy and the Korean Wave” in the third volume of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ). Her work explores the Korean Wave (the global popularity of Korean culture and cultural products) and its use by the South Korean government as a tool on both international and domestic levels. Manal explains … Read More

Vinuja Sritharan analyzes NBA transnational relations in context of Chinese authoritarianism and international trade relations with the US in U of T Undergraduate Sociology Journal

Vinuja Sritharan authored an article titled “The basketball diaries: A case study of the national basketball association and political repression by China” that was published in the third volume of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ). The article dissects interactions between representatives of the National Basketball Association and China’s governmental authorities during the 2019 Hong Kong … Read More

Ariel Kenny explores the conditions of Toronto’s child care market and how climate change activists organize using social media in two articles in U of T Sociology Undergraduate Journal

Ariel Kenny authored two articles in the third volume of the Undergraduate Sociology Journal (USJ) published earlier this year. Their article “The family unfriendly city: The impact of public funding cuts against growing demand for child care in Toronto” reviews the child care market in Toronto in the wake of the 2019-2020 provincial budget cuts … Read More

“The hidden ways working from home is affecting our health”: Toronto Star Article by Professor Scott Schieman

Professor Scott Schieman recently wrote an article The hidden ways working from home is affecting our health in the Toronto Star. In the article, Professor Schieman looks at how COVID-19 is changing the way workers view flexible time arrangements at work. While his research with PhD student  Philip Badawy in September 2019 showed both workers … Read More

The distracted worker is the greatest perceived threat to employers despite all the benefits of working from home – by Prof. Scott Schieman

Professor Scott Schieman wrote an article in The Toronto Star, with University of Toronto undergraduate student Ryu Won Kang. The article The distracted worker is the greatest perceived threat to employers despite all the benefits of working from home looks at employers’ concerns of increased distractions experienced by employees while working from home.  To some employers, … Read More