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Harris Ali
Karen Anderson
Pat Armstrong


Sylvia Bawa
Margaret E. Beare

Kean Birch
Katherine Bischoping
Deborah Brock


Nergis Canefe
Sheila Cavanagh

Jacqueline Choiniere

Rina Cohen

Tania Das Gupta

Deborah Davidson

Andrew Dawson

Lorna Erwin


Mary Fogarty


Amber Gazso

Amanda Glasbeek
Luin Goldring
Andil Gosine
Jay Goulding

Ratiba Hadj-Moussa
Barbara Hanson

Merle Jacobs
Carl James

Ann Kim

Christopher Kyriakides
Fuyuki Kurasawa

Lawrence Lam
Bonita Lawrence
Joel Lexchin
Carla Lipsig-Mummé
Meg Luxton



Guida Man

Nancy Mandell
Aryn Martin
Radhika Mongia
Carmela Murdocca

Marcello Musto
Eric Mykhalovskiy

Michael Nijhawan

Michael Ornstein


Hyun Ok Park
Anna Pratt
Norene Pupo



Dennis Raphael

Joanna Robinson

James Sheptycki
Brian Singer
Hira Singh
Brenda Spotton Visano
Glenn Stalker
Penni Stewart

Mark Thomas

Peter Vandergeest
Livy Visano
Leah Vosko

Philip Walsh
Lorna Weir
James Williams
Daphne Winland
Lesley Wood

Harris Ali, PhD (McMaster), Professor, Graduate Program Director

Office: 2073 Vari Hall

736-2100 Ext. 33913


Basic Teaching Interests:  Sociology of the Environment; Sociology of Disasters; Sociological Theory, Political Sociology; Social Psychology; Sociology of Health.

Current Research Interests:  1. Environment and health. 2. Sociology of risk.  3. Disasters.  4. Infectious diseases.  5. Environmental management.  6. Environmental justice.


Karen Anderson, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor
Office: 2110 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 60304

Basic Fields of Interest: Sex and Gender Systems; Technological Change; Cultural Studies; Feminist Theory; Classical Theory; Contemporary Social Theory; Social Change/Social History.
Current Research Interests: 1. Complexity, emergence and simulations. 2. The unconscious and learning. 3. Education, pedagogy and new technologies.
Supervision Style: Guide, sounding board, help student find own way.


Pat Armstrong, PhD (Carleton), Distinguished Research Professor, Fellow of Royal Society of Canada
Office: 2118 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 22550

Basic Fields of Interest: Health, Policy and Politics, especially related to women; Women and Work; Social Theory; Political Economy.
Current Research Interests: 1. Health care, especially long-term care.  2.  Women’s health.  3. Precarious work.  4. Unpaid caregiving.

Supervision Style: As determined by the student.



Sylvia Bawa , PhD (Queens), Assistant Professor

Office: 2152 Vari Hall              

736-2100 Ext. 60309

Basic Fields of Interest: Gender; Polstcolonial and African Feminisms; Globalition;  Gender and Development; International Political Economy; Social Justice and Human Rights.
Current Research Interests: 1. Women's rights, identity constructions and discourses of Gender in African postcolonial societies.

Margaret E. Beare, PhD (Columbia), Professor
Office: N828 Ross                
736-2100 Ext. 55907
Email:| Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Organized Crime; Policing; Crime and Delinquency; Women and Justice Issues; Criminology and Corrections; Social Control; Social Justice.
Current Research Interests: 1. Organized crime. 2. Policing projects. 3. Criminal justice research.


Kean Birch , PhD (Oxford Brookes), Associate Professor
Office:S763A Ross                
736-2100 Ext. 30126

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Science and Technology; Economic Sociology; Political Economy; Neoliberalism; Financialization; Global Commodity Chains; Knowledge Society; Bio-economy; Corporate Power and Governance; Climate Change.
Current Research Interests: please see for more information.

Katherine Bischoping, PhD (Michigan), Associate Professor
Office: 2073 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext.33913
Email:| Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Interviewing Methods; Narrative Analysis; Cultural Work.
Current Research Interests: 1. Analysing talk in the social sciences.  2. Notions of truth in oral history.  3. The relation of sociology to theatre.  4. Precarious careers of cultural workers.
Supervision Style: I enjoy working with students as they develop their authorial voices.  I care deeply about language, give detailed feedback on writing, and often add to my shelf of writing books.  I'm also a fan of timelines and page limits.


Deborah Brock, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor
Office: 2108 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 60302

Basic Fields of Interest: Social, Moral and Sexual Regulation; Governmentality; Processes of Criminalization; Sex Work.
Current Research Interests: Social regulation in Canada and the Netherlands.


Nergis Canefe, PhD (York), Associate Professor

Office:  137 McLaughlin College

736-2100 Ext. 20994


Basic Fields of Interest:  Forced Migration; Nationalism, Memory and Trauma;  Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes; Genocide; International Criminal Law; Transitional Justice; Exilic Voices; Diaspora Studies; Utopian Political Movements.


Sheila Cavanagh, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: 420 Atkinson     
736-2100 Ext. 22337
Email: | Website |

Basic Fields of Interest: Queer and Psychoanalytic Theory; Cultural Studies; Queer Pedagogy; Trans Studies; Queer Theatre and Performance Pedagogy.
Current Research Interests: 1. Queer performance ethnography.  2. Lacanian psychoanalysis.  3. Trans studies


Jacqueline Choiniere, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: 319 HNES      
736-2100 Ext. 30010

Basic Fields of Interest: Health; Health Systems; Gender .
Current Research Interests: 1. Gender  2. Health policy.  3. Health care reform.   4. Long-term residential care.  5. Social determinants of health.  6. Nurses' work and health.

Rina Cohen , PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: 2112 Vari Hall      
736-2100 Ext. 77991

Basic Fields of Interest: Diasporic Identities; Citizenship; Gender and Immigration; Families; Feminist Theories.
Current Research Interests: 1. Diasporic/transnational identity of second generation immigrants.  2. Guest workers in the global economy.


Tania Das Gupta, PhD (Toronto), Professor
Office: 310 Atkinson      
736-2100 Ext. 66345
Email:| Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Work; Ethnicity/Race Relations; Marxist Sociology; Women's Studies.
Current Research Interests: 1. Multiculturalism. 2. Anti-racist pedagogy. 3. Racial and sexual harassment in the workplace. 4. Precarious work/workers. 5. Anti-racism and the labour movement.  6. Transnationalism among Asian immigrants.


Deborah Davidson, PhD (York), Associate Professor

Office:  2090 Vari Hall

736-2100 Ext. 60310


Basic Fields of Interest:  Sociology of Life Course; Health and Wellbeing; Qualitatative Methods; Intimate/Familial Relations.

Current Research Interests:  1. Dying, death and bereavement.  2. Tattoos as commemorative.  3. Visual research.  4. Human reproduction.

Supervision Style:  Approachable, adaptable, accountable.



Andrew Dawson , PhD (McGill), Assistant Professor
Office:C126 York Hall, Glendon College    
736-2100 Ext. 88383

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Development; Political Sociology; Comparative Historical Sociology.
Current Research Interests: 1. Rule of law.  2. State legitimacy.  3. Political violence.


Lorna Erwin, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: 2116 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 60306

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Education; Sociology of Science and Technology; Difference, Inequality, and Power; Qualitative Methods;  Higher Education
Current Research Interests: Access, equity, and stratification in education; Women's participation in academic science, math, engineering; University-Community Partnerships; the politics of neo-liberal agendas on the university
Supervision Style:  I try to be flexible in supervisory relationships and do work differently with different students. I help students clarify and focus their projects and develop disciplined but realistic and reasonable schedules of writing and revision. My preference is to read and comment on work that is produced in segments, I am averse, for example, to receiving an entire first draft without having read chapters along the way.



Mary Fogerty, PhD (Edinburgh), Assistant Professor

Office:  319 Accolade East

736-2100 Ext. 22129



Amber Gazso, PhD (Alberta), Associate Professor
Office: 2082 Vari Hall    
736-2100 Ext. 77987

Basic Fields of Interest: Citizenship; Gender and Families; The Feminization and Racialization of Poverty; Research Methods; Social Policy and the Welfare State.
Current Research Interests: My current research projects explore: 1) the restructuring of Canadian social assistance policies with special emphasis on the concurrent transformations of the social rights of citizenship; 2) how diverse Canadian families manage poverty intergenerationally through networks of formal and informal social support; and 3) the relationships between income inequality and health risks over the life course in Canada and the United States.


Amanda Glasbeek, PhD (York), Associate Professor

Office: S724A Ross Building   
736-2100 Ext. 33749

Dr. Glasbeek’s research interests are anchored by feminist criminology and sociolegal studies, and include gender and surveillance; policing; regulation and representation; moral/social regulation and governance; and Canadian women's legal history. Publications include Feminized Justice: The Toronto Women's Court 1913-1934 (UBC Press 2009), and Criminalization, Representation and Regulation: Thinking Differently about Crime (co-edited with Deborah Brock and Carmela Murdocca, UTP 2014). She is currently involved in two research projects. First, she is conducting the first Canadian analysis of the use of CCTV evidence in the courtroom in cases of sexual assault. Second, she is Principal Investigator on the SSHRC-funded study “The Policing View: Body Worn Cameras, Surveillance, and the Question of Police Accountability” (2015-2018).

Luin Goldring, PhD (Cornell), Professor
Office: 8th floor, Kaneff Tower   
416-736-2100 Ext 60311
Email:| Website | Project Site 1 | Project Site 2 |

Basic Fields of Interest: Transnational Migration and Engagement; Citizenship, Non-citizenship and Precarious Migratory Status; Precarious Work; Diaspora; Immigrant Politics and Incorporation; Latin American Migrations.
Current Research Interests: 1.Precarious work and precarious status.  2. Immigrants and work.  3. Immigration and transnational lives.  4.  Latin Americans in Canada. 


Andil Gosine, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: 2148 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77984
Email:| Website |

Basic Fields of Interest: Art/Fashion; Cultural Studies; Sexualities; Environmentalism; ‘Race’- and Representation.
Current Research Interests: 1. Art/Fashion.  2. Indentureship.  3. Sexualities.  4. Environmental justice.

Jay Goulding, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: S705 Ross Building         
736-2100 Ext. 20236

Basic Fields of Interest: Classical Chinese and Japanese Philosophy; Hermeneutics; Phenomenology
Current Research Interests:  1. textual analysis of Daodejing and the Zhuangzi.   2. Heidegger’s Chinese and Japanese students.
3. Daoism and Phenomenology.

Supervision Style: dialogic and engaging


Ratiba Hadj-Moussa, PhD (Laval), Professor
Office: 2102 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77989

Basic Fields of Interest: Cultural Sociology/Studies; Political Sociology; Social Theory; Qualitative Sociology.
Current Research Interests: 1. Public space and new media in North Africa. 2. Images, history and the politics of reconciliation.  3. Arts and suffering.  4. Margins and the political.  5. Memory and methodologies, secularism in Canada and France.




Barbara Hanson, PhD (Toronto), LL.B. (Osgoode), Professor, Member of the Bar of Ontario, Professor, Recipient of the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award
Office: 336 Atkinson     
736-5229 Ext. 20469
Email:| Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Health and Illness/Health Systems; Theory; Small Groups; Social Psychology/Society and Personality; Sociology of Mental Health; Family; Methodology; Gender; Law; Weight Discrimination.
Current Research Interests: 1. Meta theory including emotion, gender and theory/method linkages. 2. Family and pathology. 3. Epistemology and social construction in medical knowledge. 4. Law. 5. Animals and Society  6. Weight descrimination.


Merle Jacobs, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office:  318 Atkinson    
736-2100 Ext. 44012


Carl James, PhD (York), Professor
Office: 3153 TEL Building        
736-2100 Ext. 20279

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Education; Youth Studies; Equity Studies; Caribbean Studies; Race and Ethnic Relations.
Current Research Interests: 1. Schooling and the educational achievement of marginalized students in urban contexts.  2. Second generation immigrant experiences.  3. Experiences of Caribbeans in Canada.

Ann Kim, PhD (Brown), Associate Professor
Office: 839 Kaneff Tower   
736-2100 Ext. 22678
Email: | Website |

Basic Fields of Interest: Immigrant and Ethnic Integration; Migration and Immigration; Urban Sociology; Social Demography; Quantitative Methods; Korean Immigration.

Fuyuki Kurasawa, PhD (La Trobe), Associate Professor
Office:  2088 Vari Hall              
736-2100  Ext. 77990

Basic Fields of Interest: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory; Political Sociology; Cultural Studies/Sociology.
Current Research Interests: 1. The history of humanitarianism. 2. Global justice and human rights. 3. Visuality and distant suffering. 4. Contemporary critical theories.


Christopher Kyriakides , PhD (Glasgow), Associate Professor
Office: 2114 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 60305

Basic Fields of Interest: Racism, Racialization and Nationalism; (Anti)Immigration; the (Anti)Racist State; Social and Political Theory; Geopolitcs, Culture and Communication.

Current Research Interests:  1.  Configurations of racialization in relation to the meaning of 'East' and 'West' and articulations of racism and nationalism in the reception of refugees in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

Lawrence Lam, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: 2098 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77995

Basic Fields of Interest: Ethnicity/Race Relations; Migration and Refugee Studies; Human Rights.
Current Research Interests: 1. Refugee resettlement and repatriation. 2. Immigrant children and education. 3. Refugees and identity. 4. Economic adaptation of immigrants in Toronto.



Bonita Lawrence, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor
Office: 408 Atkinson                 
736-2100 Ext. 22334

Basic Fields of Interest: Native Studies (especially decolonization, urban Native identity, law and identity, Indigenous histories).
Current Research Interests: 1. Non-status Native Communities. 2. Indigenous nationhood.


Joel Lexchin, M.D. (Toronto), Professor
Office: 420 HNES                    
736-2100 Ext. 22119
Email: | Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Pharmaceutical Policy; International Health; Clinical Epidemiology.
Current Research Interests: 1. Drug approval process. 2. Drug safety. 3. Pharmacoeconomics. 4. Drug promotion. 5. Effects of Bill C-9 on availability of generic drugs in developing countries.
Supervision Style: Initial meeting to discuss research proposal, thereafter, infrequent meetings to check on progress, easy availability to discuss problems.

Carla Lipsig-Mummé, PhD (Montreal), Professor
Office:  S761A Ross Building     
736-2100 Ext. 33751

Basic Fields of Interest: Work and Labour; Social Dimensions of Climate Change; Work, Employment and Climate Change; Political  Economy and Globalization; Canada and Globalization; Psychoanalysis and Society.
Current Research Interests: 1. Work and climate change.  2. Future of labour.  3. Psychoanalysis and the regulation of health.  4. Canadian political economy.  5. Australian political economy.
Supervision Style:  Wherever possible, involvement of graduate students in large, collaborative funded research so as to do training, ie. CURA:  “Work in a Warming World” 2010-2015.


Meg Luxton, PhD (Toronto), Professor
Office: 206D Founders College  
736-2100 Ext. 20933
Email: | Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Work (paid and unpaid); Canadian Society and Social Policy; Marxist Sociology; Classical Theory; Family; Women's Studies; Feminist Theory.
Current Research Interests: 1. Work and family. 2. Canadian women's movement. 3. International efforts to measure and value unpaid work. 4. Social policy. 5. Women's human rights and national/provincial/territorial budgets.
Supervision Style: Will work closely if student wants.


Guida Man, PhD (Toronto), Assistant Professor

Office: 612 Kaneff Tower  
736-2100 Ext. 30269

Basic Fields of Interest: Immigration and Transnational Migration; Gender and Work ; Family; Qualitative Methodology; Women's Studies.
Current Research Interests: 1. Gender and transnational migration.  2. Women, work, family and migration.  3. Skilled immigrants.  4. Precarious work.  4.  Chinese immigrant families.


Nancy Mandell, PhD (Northwestern), Professor
Office:  225 Founders College    
736-2100 Ext. 66905

Basic Fields of Interest: Education; Sociology of Work; Social Psychology/Society and Personality; Family; Sex and Gender Systems; Women's Studies; Qualitative Methodology.
Current Research Interests: 1. Women, work and family. 2. Educational streaming. 3. Home-school-work interface. 4. Poverty. 5. Socialization. 6. Feminist theory and methodology. 7. Qualitative sociology.


 Aryn Martin, PhD (Cornell), Associate Professor
Office: 2150 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77985
Email:| Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine; Feminist Theory; Sex and Gender.
Current Research Interests: 1. Biology and identity.  2. Pregnancy.  3. Social history of anatomy.  4. Head trauma, concussions, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, sports and violence.  5. Sex and gender.


Gertrude Mianda, PhD (Laval), Associate Professor (Glendon)
Office: 155 York Hall
487-6741 Ext. 88198

Basic Fields of Interest: Globalization and Women; Women and Development; Sociology of Black Africa; Sociology of Third World; Gender Issues; Immigration.
Current Research Interests: 1. African immigrant women in Canada. 2. Gender and colonialism and post colonialism.


Radhika Mongia, PhD (Illinois), Associate Professor
Office: 2080 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 66406

Basic Fields of Interest: Feminist, Marxist and Postcolonial Theory; Political and Historical Sociology; Study of "Transnational" and "Global" Processes.
Current Research Interests: 1. Migration Studies. 2. Colonial genealogies of the modern state. 3. Feminist and postcolonial theory.


Carmela Murdocca, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor
Office: 2100 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77992

Basic Fields of Interest: Historical and Political Sociology; Socio-Legal Studies; Feminist, Postcolonial Critical Race Theories; Cultural Studies.
Current Research Interests: 1.Historical injustice and reparative justice.  2. Colonial and racial formations in liberal states.  3. Critical theories.


Marcello Musto, PhD (Nice), Assistant Professor
Office: 637 Atkinson College        
736-2100 Ext. 22565

Basic Fields of Interest: Socialist Thought; Theories of Alienation; Marxism
Current Research Interests:  1.  Karl Marx.  2. Labour movements.  3. Alternatives to capitalism.



Eric Mykhalovskiy, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: 2078 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 66405
Email:| Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Health and Illness, Studies in the Social Organization of Knowledge, HIV/AIDS, Science and Technology Studies,
Current Research Interests:  1. The criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. 2. HIV, scientific evidence and community practice. 3. Sociology of public health. 4. Sociology of animal-human relations applied to health.



Michael Nijhawan, PhD (Heidelberg), Associate Professor
Office: 2146 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77994

Basic Fields of Interest: Critical Theories in Religion; Theories in Violence and Suffering; Diaspora Formation and Transnational Religion; Cultural Practices, Art and Aesthetics; Social and Cultural Anthropology (focus South Asia).
Current Research Interests: 1. Sikh and Ahmadi transnational religious practices in Europe and Canada.  2. Suffering in art.  3. Configurations of religion and the secular.


Michael Ornstein, PhD (Johns Hopkins), Associate Professor
Office: 5054 TEL Building        
736-2100 Ext. 77162

Basic Fields of Interest: Stratification and Economic Sociology; Political Sociology; Survey Research; Quantitative Methods.
Current Research Interests: 1. Studies of social and economic inequality in Canada. 2. political ideology in Canada.


Hyun Ok Park, PhD (California), Associate Professsor
Office: 2096 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77986

Basic Fields of Interest: Historical Sociology; Critical Theory; Capitalism and Labour; Culture and Ideology; Social Movements; Colonialism and Nationalism; Comparative Studies; East Asia.
Current Research Interests: 1. Historical memory.  2. Democracy. 3. Transnational labour.  4. Nationalism and cosmopolitanism.  5. Citizenship and human rights.  6. NGOs.  7. Postcoloniality.  8. Coeval modernity in the west and East Asia.



Anna Pratt, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor
Office: S722 Ross Building         
736-2100 Ext. 33748
Email: | Website

Basic Fields of Interest: Criminology, socio-legal studies, law and administrative discretion, policing borders, immigration detention and deportation, the intersections of criminal justice and immigration and refugee determination, punishment.
Current Research Interests: 1. The culture and organization of border control.  2. Discretion and the constitution of reasonable suspicion at the border. 3. The enabling effects of the border construct. 4. The production of forensic video surveillance evidence. 5. The intersections of immigration and criminal justice domains.


Norene Pupo, PhD (McMaster), Professor
Office:138 Founders College                     
736-2100 Ext. 33310

Basic Fields of Interest: Sociology of Work and Labour; Economic Sociology; Globalization and Power; Social Policy; Formal Organizations.
Current Research Interests: 1. De-industrialization, displaced workers and their communities; 2. Women in manufacturing -- past and present.  3. Women in the service economy.  4. Call centres and telemediated work.  5. Canadian unions and economic restructuring.

Norene Pupo is past director of the Centre for Research on Work and Society and is affiliated with the Global Labour Research Centre.


Dennis Raphael, PhD (Toronto), Professor
Office: 435 HNES                    
736-2100 Ext. 22134

Basic Fields of Interest: Public and Social Policy; Determinants of Health; Research Methodology.
Current Research Interests: 1. Income and health. 2. Public policy 3. Social exclusion. 4. Quality of life.


Joanna Robinson, PhD, Associate Professor

Office:  C120 York Hall

736-2100 Ext 88166


Basic Fields of Interest: Social Movements; Political Sociology; Globalization; Environmental Politics; Labour; Inequality;  Climate Change; Qualitative and Cross-National Comparative Methods.

Current Research Interests:  1. Labour-environmental coalitions.  2. Anti-water privatization movements.  3. Green jobs and climate justice.  4. Environmental movements.


James Sheptycki, PhD (London), Professor
Office:034 McLaughlin College  
736-2100 Ext. 53726

Basic Fields of Interest: Intersection of Governance, Crime, Policing and the Global System; Domestic Violence, Drugs and Crime, Organised Crime, Money Laundering, Serial Killers.
Current Research Interests: 1. Comparative criminology. 2. Transnational policing


Brian Singer, PhD (York) Associate Professor (Glendon)
Office: C127 York Hall, Glendon Campus          
736-2100 Ext. 88377

Email: | Curriculum Vitae |

Basic Fields of Interest: Critical Theory; Political Sociology; Cultural Studies; Social Change/Social History.
Current Research Interests: 1. Revolutions and the formation of the modern nation state. 2. Nationalism and Democratic Theory. 3. Contemporary French Political and Social Thought.

Hira Singh, PhD (Toronto), (Delhi School of Economics) Associate Professor
Office: 2106 Vari Hall               
736-2100  Ext. 60301

Basic Fields of Interest: Social Theory; Social Inequality; Social Movements; Colonialism, Insurgency and Counterinsurgency; Empire and Indenture (South Africa); Migrant Labor and Agribusiness (Canada).
Current Research Interests:  1. Indian indentured labor and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.
Supervision Style: Dialogue, discussion.


Brenda Spotton Visano, PhD (McGill), Professor
Office: 130 McLaughlin College                    
736-2100 Ext. 20470
E-Mail: | Website |

Basic Fields of Interest:  Economic Sociology; Institutional Economics; Finance Capitalism; Community Finance.
Current Research Interests: 1.  Issues in community finance (microcredit, payday loans, financial literacy).  2.  Socio-economic analysis of financial crises.  3. Issues in access to post secondary education for non-traditional students.
Supervision Style: Accessible; value active committee involvement

Glenn Stalker, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor
Office: 316 Founders College        
736-2100 Ext. 66942

Basic Fields of Interest: Quantitative Methods; Urban Sociology; Environmental Sociology; Work and Family; Cultural Sociology; Time-use.         
Current Research Interests: 1. Couples, Childcare and Human Capital in Labour Markets.  2. Cultural Consumption and Omnivorousness.  3. Leisure Time and National Welfare Regimes
Supervisory Style: Collegial, student directed, agreed upon accountability, varied depending on student need.


Penni Stewart, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: 2084 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77998

Basic Fields of Interest: Post Secondary Education; Gender and Post Secondary Education.
Current Research Interests: 1. Academic freedom.  2. Expressive rights.  3. Rise of right wing think tanks.


Mark Thomas, PhD (York), Associate Professor
Office: N809 Ross Building                
736-2100 Ext. 30205

Basic Fields of Interest: Political Economy; Economic Sociology; Sociology of Work and Labour; Political Sociology; Social Policy.
Current Research Interests: 1. Labour market regulation in local, national and transnational contexts.  2. Labour movements, austerity, and populism.  3. Precarious employment.  4. Migrant labour, citizenship and labour rights.


Peter Vandergeest, PhD (Cornell), Associate Professor
Office: 8th Floor, Kaneff Tower  
736-2100 Ext. 44066
Email: | Website | Profile page

Basic Fields of Interest: Political Ecology; Agro-food Systems; Southeast Asian Agrarian Transitions.
Current Research Interests: 1. Environmental governance in seafood and forestry in mainland Southeast Asia (see YCAR website; currently recruiting graduate students to do fieldwork).  2. Cultural politics of alternative agriculture in Southeast Asia.  3. Genealogies of professional forestry in Asia.
Supervision Style: Flexible but involved.

Livy Visano, PhD (Toronto), Professor
Office: 318 Atkinson Building        
726-2100 Ext. 66317

Basic Fields of Interest: Human Rights and Social Justice; Critical Hermeneutics; Critical Legal/Criminological Studies.
Current Research Interests: 1. Crime and thought.  2. Inequalities and criminal justice system.  3. Law and unregulated service industries. 3. Anarchic empowerment models.  4. Youth and inequality.

Supervision Style:  Sees the supervisory committee as a safety net for the student.


Leah Vosko, PhD (York), Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)
Office:  6th Floor, Kaneff Tower            
736-2100  Ext. 33157

Leah F. Vosko is Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Political Economy of Gender and Work.  She teaches courses on public policy, women and politics, and labour and employment and conducts research on labour market insecurity in Canada in international context.  Her latest book, Managing the Margins:  Gender, Citizenship and the International Regulation of Precarious Employment (2010), is published with Oxford University Press, UK and her recent co-edited collection, Liberating Temporariness?:  Migration, Work and Citieznship in an Age of Insecurity, published by McGill-Queen's Univesity Press, appeared in Spring 2014.  Professor Vosko's current research focuses partly on access to labour rights and protections among temporary migrant workers.  She is also Principal Investigator of "Closing the Enforcement Gaps:  Improving Protections for People in Precarious jobs," A SSHRC Partnership Project concerned with employment standards enforcement, and three research and teaching databases funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation -- the Gender and Work Database (GWD), the Comparative Perspectives Database (CPD), and the Global Employment Standards Database (GESD).


Philip Walsh, PhD (Warwick), Associate Professor
Office: 2060C Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77999

Basic Fields of Interest: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory; Political Sociology; Frankfurt School Critical Theory; Sociology of Knowledge; Philosophy of Social Science.
Current Research Interests: 1. Sociological theories of knowledge.  2. Critical realism.  3. The significance of the work of Hannah Arendt for the social sciences.
Supervision Style: I’m flexible on approaches and topics, but I like regular check-ins.  Most students I supervise have some background in philosophy.


Lorna Weir, PhD (York), Professor
Office: 310 Founders College     
736-2100 Ext. 33198

Basic Fields of Interest: Health and Social Theory; Political Sociology; Biopolitics; Power/Knowledge Relations.  

Current Research Interests: 1. Genomics, biosecrutiy and scientific publishing.  2. Sacrificial practices in contemporary biopolitcs.  3. Rethinking the gift in global giant panda diplomacy.


James Williams, PhD. (York), Associate Professor
Office: S724 Ross Building         
736-2100 Ext. 20547

James Williams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science. His interests span several different fields including: corporate and white-collar crime; socio-legal studies; economic sociology; science and technology studies; and the sociology of professions. He is currently working on three main research projects: (1) a critical analysis of the shifting relationships between finance, food, and agriculture as viewed through the food crisis of 2008 and the demise of the Canadian Wheat Board in 2012; (2) an examination of the ‘science’ of corporate crime including intersections between science, medicine, and law, and the impact of various sites and technologies (e.g. the autopsy; the clinical trial; the safety lab; and the epidemiological study) on the ‘knowledgeability’ of corporate harm; and (3) a study of alternative sources of public knowledge (e.g. web-based advocacy; documentaries and testimonials; and community-based research) and their role in documenting corporate harms and challenging corporate hegemonies.


Daphne Winland, PhD. (York), Associate Professor
Office:  2054 Vari Hall              
736-2100 Ext. 40142

Daphne Winland is Associate Professor of Anthropology. Her research reflects broadly focused interests in (trans)nationalism, diaspora, memory and the cultural politics of representation. Her current research investigates contemporary Croatian struggles, both in diaspora and the new homeland, to reinvent themselves in the changing political, social and cultural landscape of post-communist Eastern Europe. She is also engaged in research with homeless youth in Toronto. She has published articles and book chapters on Mennonites, Laotian Hmong refugees, transnational politics, diaspora and homeland Croat relations and, most recently, Bosnian Croats in post-war Bosnia. The results of her Croatian research are contained in ‘We are now a Nation’: Croats Between ‘Home’ and ‘Homeland’ (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007).


Lesley Wood, PhD (Columbia), Associate Professor
Office: 2067 Vari Hall               
736-2100 Ext. 77988

Basic Fields of Interest: Social Movements; Globalization; Political Sociology; Recurrent Social Processes and Mechanisms.
Current Research Interests: 1. Deliberation.  2. Diffusion.  3. Global political networks.  4. Social networks.  5. Global protest networks. 6. Organization dynamics.  7. Protest policing.
Supervision Style: I aim to help you to clarify your project through narrowing your focus, and emphasizing the importance of appropriate methodology, and engaging with the debates in the field.



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