University of Toronto Social Science Methods Week 2021 – Faculty Biographies

Sharla Alegria is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is a mixed methods researcher who studies how inequality operates in institutions with commitments to equity.

Rohan Alexander is an Assistant Professor in Information and Statistical Sciences (jointly-appointed) at the University of Toronto. He is also a faculty affiliate at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society. His academic research answers questions in social sciences such as: are our politicians actually representing us, do elections matter, and how can we make political polling better. To do this he builds, cleans, maintains, and shares datasets in a reproducible way, and then uses quantitative methods, such as text analysis, machine learning, and Bayesian hierarchical models, to analyse them. He has been using multi-level modelling with post-stratification (MRP) for around five years, and has written multiple academic papers using it. He has delivered workshops on MRP in Australia and the US. Based on his academic research he runs a political poll in Australia called Petit Poll which combines non-representative polling data that they gather themselves with MRP to cheaply deliver meaningful Australian political polling.

Fedor Dokshin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching interests are in organizations, social networks, environmental sociology, and computational social science.

Michael J. Donnelly is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. His research is at the intersection of public policy and political behavior, with a particular focus on European politics. He has conducted survey experiments in a variety of countries and contexts, looking at questions of immigration, redistribution, and identity.

Ping-Chun Hsiung is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and has carried out ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and archival research to advance knowledge and theory in gender studies and qualitative research at local and international levels. Her work challenges the dominant paradigms in qualitative social sciences by unearthing, recognizing, and analyzing research traditions that vary from the western norm. She has decades of experiences publishing and teaching about qualitative interviewing. She has developed an open access online resource called Lives & Legacies: A Guide to Qualitative Interviewing to facilitate the teaching and research of qualitative interview worldwide.

Melissa Milkie is a Professor of Sociology at the Univeristy of Toronto with expertise in time use, gender & family, the work-family interface, and health. She focuses on time spent in market work, child care, housework, and leisure, and its links to relationship quality, health and well-being. She’s an author of the award-winning Changing Rhythms of American Family Life which examines trends in mothers’ and fathers’ time allocations across four decades, as well as parents’ feelings about time. She is currently leading a SSHRC-funded project using U.S., Canadian, and other countries time use data entitled, “Time Together and Apart: Clarifying the Family Time Paradox in Canada and the United States.” A new project assesses parents’ and young adults’ views of how the pandemic shifted their values and experiences related to time allocations and quality.

Chris Smith is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her work on criminal networks includes training materials for practitioners, articles, and her book, Syndicate Women: Gender and Networks in Chicago Organized Crime (University of California Press). She co-authored the invited chapter on Criminal Networks in the Oxford Handbook on Social Networks.

Sue Song is a PhD student at the University of Toronto in the Social Psychophysiological Research & Quantitative Methods Lab (SPRQL) and the Lockwood Lab. Sue conducts simulation studies to evaluate the impacts of sample size on Type I error rates.

Judith Taylor is an Associate Professor of Sociology, jointly appointed to the Women and Gender Studies Institute, and a faculty fellow this year at the Centre for Community Partnerships at the University of Toronto. 

Dana Wray is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Toronto who studies parenthood, social policy, and work. She has several years of experience using historical and contemporary time use data from the U.S. and Canada. Her dissertation work uses cross-national and single-country time use data and approaches ranging from sequence analysis to causal inference to explore the impact of work-family policy on parent-child time. Her recent research, published in Journal of Marriage and Family, examines how paternity leave policy impacts father involvement in Quebec and Canada; and how parents and teenagers report experiences of emotions and well-being in time together, with Melissa Milkie and Irene Boeckmann.

Catherine Yeh is a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are in the areas of the sociology of culture, gender, and economic sociology. She is currently working on a project that analyzes economics and sociology journal text data; this project was what motivated her to learn Python. Through her own experience of learning Python, she understands the challenges of learning coding as a non-coder as well as how Python can be useful to social scientists specifically.