Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams for winning the 2021 ASA International Migration Section’s Thomas and Znaniecki book award

Congratulations to Professor Tahseen Shams for winning the 2021 ASA International Migration Section’s Thomas and Znaniecki Award for her book, “Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World!”

The Thomas and Znaniecki book award is given annually to a book published within the previous two years for its “outstanding social science scholarship in the field of international migration.” In her award-winning book, Professor Shams shows how immigrants produce and experience the interconnectedness of societies in both their places of origin and in places beyond. Drawing on the South Asian Muslim American experience, Professor Shams shows how faraway foreign places can be influential in shaping the ways in which immigrants and their descendants understand themselves and are understood by others.

Professor Tahseen Shams is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a 2020-21 Bissell-Heyd Research Fellow at the University of Toronto. Her research examines topics such as international migration, globalization, race/ethnicity, and nationalism. The overarching question that ties her research interests together is “how transnational, global forms of inequality intersect with race and ethnicity to affect immigrant groups, particularly those coming from Muslim-majority countries to the West, namely the United States and Canada.”

We’ve included the synopsis  from her book’s publisher, Stanford University Press:

“Challenging the commonly held perception that immigrants’ lives are shaped exclusively by their sending and receiving countries, Here, There, and Elsewhere breaks new ground by showing how immigrants are vectors of globalization who both produce and experience the interconnectedness of societies—not only the societies of origin and destination, but also, the societies in places beyond. Tahseen Shams posits a new concept for thinking about these places that are neither the immigrants’ homeland nor hostland—the “elsewhere.” Drawing on rich ethnographic data, interviews, and analysis of the social media activities of South Asian Muslim Americans, Shams uncovers how different dimensions of the immigrants’ ethnic and religious identities connect them to different elsewheres in places as far-ranging as the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Yet not all places in the world are elsewheres. How a faraway foreign land becomes salient to the immigrant’s sense of self depends on an interplay of global hierarchies, homeland politics, and hostland dynamics. Referencing today’s 24-hour news cycle and the ways that social media connects diverse places and peoples at the touch of a screen, Shams traces how the homeland, hostland, and elsewhere combine to affect the ways in which immigrants and their descendants understand themselves and are understood by others.”

U of T Sociologists in the ASA governance structure

Recently, six of our faculty members were elected to leadership positions in the American Sociological Association (ASA).

Professor Ellen Berrey was elected to the ASA Publications Committee, with a 3-year term. The Publications Committee supports the ASA’s publishing program in various ways such as appointing associate editors, recommending to Council editors for the Association’s journals, changing the publications portfolio, and changing publications-related policies. Professor Berrey is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga and an affiliated scholar at the American Bar Foundation. Her research focuses on how law, organizational practice, and culture influence inequality.


Professor Chris M. Smith was elected as a Council Member of the ASA Crime, Law, and Deviance (CLD) section, with a 3-year term. The CLD section consists of more than 600 members who study law-violating behaviour and the organization and operation of law enforcement, judicial, or correctional processes. Professor Smith is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Her areas of specialization include crime and inequality, feminist criminology, historical research methods, organized crime, political violence, social network analysis, sociology of gender, and urban sociology.


Professor Steve Hoffman was elected as a Membership Committee Chair of the ASA Environmental Sociology section, with a 2-year term. Members of the Environmental Sociology section study various topics such as the relationship between social systems and the ecosphere, the origins and impacts of technology, and the environmental causes of social change. Professor Hoffman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. His areas of specialization include comparative ethnography, theory, science and technology studies, organizations, cultural sociology, political sociology, and social policy.


Vanina LeschzinerProfessor Vanina Leschziner was elected as the Chair-Elect of the ASA Sociology of Culture section, with a 1-year term. Members of the Sociology of Culture section study the material products, ideas, and symbolic means and their relation to social behaviour.  Professor Leschziner is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, St. George. Her areas of interest include social theory, social cognition, culture, organizations, and valuation and evaluation. Her current research is focused on cognition, cultural fields, and creativity.


Professor Sida Liu was elected as a Chair-Elect of the ASA Sociology of Law section, with a 1-year term. Members in this section exchange ideas related to the study of law, legal institutions, and law-related structures and processes. Professor Liu is an Associate Professor of Sociology, Mississauga and also holds a cross-appointment at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. His areas of research interest include the sociology of law, organizations and professions, social theory, criminal justice, and globalization.


Hae Yeon Choo

Professor Hae Yeon Choo was elected as a Council Member of the ASA Sociology of Sex and Gender section, with a 3-year term. Members of the Sex and Gender section study face-to-face interactions, political processes, culture and mass media, the medical, judicial, and educational systems. Professor Choo is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Her research examines the intersections of race-gender-class, urban politics, citizenship and migration, and labour, with a regional focus on Korea and Asia.


Congratulations to all the faculty members who have been elected! We wish you all the best as you begin your leadership positions and thank you for your service to the profession.

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 are some of the highlights:

Saturday, August 20

Irene Boeckmann

Fatherhood and Breadwinning: Race and Class Differences in First-time Fathers’ Long-term Employment Patterns

Monica Boyd; Naomi Lightman

Gender, Nativity and Race in Care Work: The More Things Change….

Clayton Childress

I Don’t Make Objects, I Make Projects: Selling Things and Selling Selves in Contemporary Art-making

Jennifer Jihye Chun

Globalizing the Grassroots: Care Worker Organizing and the Redefinition of 21st Century Labour Politics

Paulina Garcia del Moral

Feminicidio, Transnational Human Rights Advocacy and Transnational Legal Activism

Phil Goodman

Conservative Politics, Sacred Crows, and Sacrificial Lambs: The Role of ‘Evidence’ During Canada’s Prison Farm Closures

Josee Johnston

Spitting that Real vs. Keeping It Misogynistic: Hip-Hop, Class, and Masculinity in New Food Media

Andrew Miles

Measuring Automatic Cognition: Practical Advances for Sociological Research Using Dual-process Models

Atsushi Narisada

Palatable Unjust Desserts: How Procedural Justice Weakens the Pain of Perceived Pay Inequity

David Nicholas Pettinicchio

The Universalizing Effects of Unionism: Policy, Inequality and Disability

Markus H. Schafer

Social Networks and Mastery after Driving Cessation: A Gendered Life Course Approach

Lawrence Hamilton Williams

Active Intuition: The Patterned Spontaneity of Decision-making


Sunday, August 21

Sida Liu

The Elastic Ceiling: Gender and Professional Career in Chinese Courts

Jonathan Tomas Koltai; Scott Schieman; Ronit Dinovitzer

Status-based Stress Exposure and Well-being in the Legal Profession

Andrew Miles

Turf Wars of Truly Understanding Culture? Moving Beyond Isolation and Importation to Genuine Cross-disciplinary Engagement

Melissa A. Milkie

Time Deficits with Children: The Relationship to Mothers’ and Fathers’ Mental and Physical Health

Diana Lee Miller

Sustainable and Unsustainable Semi-Professionalism: Grassroots Music Careers in Folk and Metal

Ito Peng

Care and Migration Policies in Japan and South Korea

Scott Schieman; Atsushi Narisada

Under-rewarded Boss: Gender, Workplace Power, and the Distress of Perceived Pay Inequity


Monday, August 22

Salina Abji

Because Deportation is Violence Against Women: On the Politics of State Responsibility and Women’s Human Rights

Holly Campeau

The Right Way, the Wrong Way, and the Blueville War: Policing, Standards, and Cultural Match

Bahar Hashemi

Canadian Newspaper Representations of Family violence among Immigrant Communities: Analyzing Shifts Over Time

Vanina Leschziner

The American Fame Game: Academic Status and Public Renown in Post-war Social Sciences

Ron Levi; Ioana Vladescu

The Structure of Claims after Atrocity: Justifications, Values, and Proposals from the Holocaust Swiss Banks Litigation

Patricia Louie

Whose Body Matters? Representations of Race and Skin Colour in Medical Textbooks

William Magee; Laura Upenieks

Supervisory Level and Anger About Work

Maria M. Majerski

The Economic Integration of Immigrants: Social Networks, Social Capital, and the Impact of Gender

Melissa A. Milkie

You Must Work Hard: Changes in U.S. Adults’ Values for Children 1986-2012

Jean-Francois Nault

Education, Religion, and Identity in French Ontario: A Case Study of French-language Catholic School Choice

Merin Oleschuk; Blair Wheaton

The Relevance of Women’s Income on Household Gender Inequality Across Class and National Context

David Nicholas Pettinicchio

Punctuated Incrementalism: How American Disability Rights Policymaking Sheds Light on Institutional Continuity and Change


Tuesday, Aug. 23

Katelin Albert

Making the Classroom, Making Sex Ed: A School-based Ethnography of Ontario’s Sexual Health Classrooms

Catherine Man Chuen Cheng

Constructing Immigrant Citizen-subjects in Exceptional States: Governmentality and Chinese Marriage Migrants in Taiwan and HongKong

Hae Yeon Choo

Maternal Guardians: Intimate Labor, Migration, and the Pursuit of Gendered Citizenship in South Korea

Bonnie H. Erickson

Multiple Pathways to Ethnic Social Capitals

  1. Omar Faruque

Confronting Capital: The Limits of Transnational Activism and Human Rights-based CSR Initiatives

Elise Maiolino

I’m not Male, not White, Want to Start There?: Identity Work in Toronto’s Mayoral Election

Jaime Nikolaou

Commemorating Morgentaler? Reflections on Movement Leadership, 25 Years Later

Kristie O’Neill

Traditional Beneficiaries: Trade Bans, Exemptions, and Morality Embodied in Diets

Matthew Parbst; Blair Wheaton

The Buffering Role of the Welfare State on SES differences in Depression

Luisa Farah Schwartzman

Brazilian Lives Matter, and what Race and the United States Got to do With it

Daniel Silver

Visual Social Thought

Laura Upenieks

Beyond America? Cross-national Contexts and Religious versus Secular Membership Effects on Self-rated Health

Barry Wellman

Older Adults Networking On and Off Digital Media: Initial Findings from the Fourth East York Study

Blair Wheaton; Patricia Joy Louie

A New Perspective on Maternal Employment and Child Mental Health: A Cautionary Tale

Tony Huiquan Zhang

Weather Effects on Social Movements: Evidence from Washington D.C. and New York City, 1960-1995