Sociology has specialization in the following core areas of study:

  • Environment, community, and social movements;
  • Family and the life course;
  • Gender and sexuality;
  • Health and healthcare;
  • Knowledge, culture, and power;
  • Race, ethnicity, and immigration; and
  • Work, economy, and globalization.



Faculty Members

Name Research Interests
Abrutyn, Seth Suicide, Sociological Theory, mental health, social psychology, Emotions, youth
Berdahl, Jennifer Ostracism, Harassment and Bullying, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Power and Status in Groups, Harassment, Work-Family Interface
Cheong, Amanda Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, Stratification and inequality, links between legal status and the reproduction of inequality, undocumented migrants, stateless persons, and refugees, stateless children and immigration control regimes, use of documentation in the symbolic erasure and expulsion of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar, relationships between migration and legal status on health, relationship between undocumented experience and naturalization propensities
Corrigall-Brown, Catherine Social Movements, political sociology, social psychology, identity
Creese, Gillian Women topics, Intersections of gender, sexuality, racialization and class, Processes of immigration and settlement in Canada, Gender, racialization, work and trade unions
Elliott, Sinikka Family, Inequality, Gender, Sexuality, Qualitative Research Methods, Intersectionality, Social Policy
Fu, Qiang a multidisciplinary perspective on institutional changes, social networks and mental health over the urban space; comparative and temporal analysis of civic engagement and identity; child and youth well-being (e.g., obesity and school bullying); developing
Fuller, Sylvia precarious employment; inequality; work; gender and work; immigration, Work and Labour, Inequality, Gender, Economic Sociology, Social Policy, Welfare state restructuring
Ghaziani, Amin LGBT issues, sexuality, gay and lesbian rights, gay communities, gay politics, gay neighborhoods, Sexualities, social movements, cultural, cities
Guppy, Neil Social Contexts, sociology, social inequality, sociology of education, gender relations
Hanser, Amy Work and employment; gender; consumption/consumerism; contemporary Chinese society, Culture and markets, inequality, gender, consumption, service work, China
Hirsh, Elizabeth Law, Structures and Organization, Inequality, Gender and Race Discrimination, Work Organizations, Law
Johnson, Phyllis Allocation of financial and human resources by families coping with stressful circumstances, including immigration and resettlement, family separation, unemployment, and conflicts between work and family responsibilities
Kemple, Thomas Social and cultural theory, history of social sciences, literary and interpretive methods, aesthetic sociology, visual representation of concepts and arguments
Kennedy, Emily Environment and Society, Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection, Sustainable consumption, Food, social class, Gender
Lauer, Sean Marriage, immigration, and a resource industry
Lauster, Nathanael Population, Housing, Urban Studies, Crowding, Home & Housing, Technology & Environment, City Building & Regulation, Family, Demography, Health
Martin-Matthews, Anne Aging and lifecourse, health and society, health and social care services especially home and community care, intersections of formal and informal care, especially involving the nexus of the public and private spheres, transitional life events such as widowhood
Mawani, Renisa Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies, Colonial Legal History, critical theory, Race and Racism, Oceans and Maritime Worlds, Time and Temporality
Qian, Yue Family, Gender Relationship, Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges, Demography, sociology, Family Studies, Gender Studies
Richardson, Lindsey Sociology of health and illness, substance use, HIV/AIDS, urban health, sociology of work and economic life, health disparities
Ross, Becky Qualitative/historical methods, feminist/gender/anti-racist, family sociology
Stecklov, Guy Population and Development, Migration dynamics, Immigrant assimilation, Ethnic and racial identity, Research and survey methodology, Reproduction, Migration and assimilation, sub-Saharan Africa, Demographic behavior, Survey research
Tindall, David environmental movement, social movements, environmental protest, social protest, social networks, social aspects of climate change, Aboriginal protest about natural resources and environmental issues, social surveys, polling, environmental politics, environmental attitudes, environmental values, opinion about the environment, protest about pipelines, protest about oil sands, protest about tar sands, wilderness, wilderness preservation, use of social media in social protest, use of social media in social movements, social media and social networks, social aspects of forestry, climate change policy, news media, social psychology of environmental issues, Envionmental sociology, social research methods, aboriginal forestry, social science
Veenstra, Gerry Social Determinants of Health, Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Arts and Cultural Traditions, racial health inequalities, social class and health, intersectionality theory and health, Bourdieusian field theory, lifestyle practices and health, culture and class
Wilkes, Rima protest, media and First Nations, media and racism, immigration, Collective Action by Indigenous Nations, Media and social movements, Public Opinion, Immigration, Trust
Yodanis, Carrie Family, Marriage, Statistics


Adam Howe

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)