Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at UBC is an excellent choice for graduate study in sociology. We are ranked among the best departments in the world and within the top two in Canada.  Our graduate students place well in both faculty and other professional positions.

Many of our faculty members have been recognized with teaching and research awards and all frequently publish in top academic journals. We host (or have recently hosted) leading journals in the field, including the Canadian Review of Sociology, Sociological Theory, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and the Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 

Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Abrutyn, Seth Social theory, Sociological Theory, Suicide, 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
Elliott, Sinikka
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
Ghaziani, Amin Sociology, LGBTQ+ studies, Sociology of sexualities, Urban studies, Cultural sociology, social movements, qualitative methodologies, Queer methods
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
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
Ross, Becky
Silva, Tony
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
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
Yodanis, Carrie


Adam Howe

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)