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. 

13
Master's Students
35
Doctoral Students
5
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 Sociology; social movements; identity; political sociology; social psychology
Creese, Gillian Women topics, Intersections of gender, sexuality, racialization and class, Processes of immigration and settlement in Canada, Gender, racialization, work and trade unions
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 Sociology; LGBTQ+ studies; Sociology of sexualities; Urban studies; Cultural sociology; social movements; qualitative methodologies; Queer methods
Hanser, Amy Work and employment; gender; consumption/consumerism; contemporary Chinese society, Culture and markets, inequality, gender, consumption, service work, China
Hirsh, Elizabeth Sociology; Law; Structures and Organization; Inequality, Gender and Race Discrimination, Work Organizations, Law
Huyser, Kimberly
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 Sociology; Environment and Society; Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection; Food; Gender; social class; Sustainable consumption
Lauer, Sean Urban sociology and community studies; Community and Urban Sociology;; Community Organizations;; Immigration;; Marriange;; Applied Sociology
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 Sociology; Colonial Legal History; critical theory; Oceans and Maritime Worlds; Philosophy, History and Comparative Studies; Race and Racism; Time and Temporality
Musto, Michela
Nelson, Laura
Qian, Yue Sociology; family; Gender Relationship; Migrations, Populations, Cultural Exchanges; Demography; Family Studies; Gender Studies; sociology
Raker, Ethan
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
Silva, Tony
Stecklov, Guy Sociology; Demographic behavior; Ethnic and racial identity; Immigrant assimilation; Migration and assimilation; Migration dynamics; Population and Development; Reproduction; Research and survey methodology; sub-Saharan Africa; Survey research
Strings, Sabrina
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 Sociology; social determinants of health; Lifestyle Determinants and Health; Arts and Cultural Traditions; Bourdieusian field theory, lifestyle practices and health; culture and class; intersectionality theory and health; racial health inequalities; social class and health
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

Stories

Adam Howe

Student
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology (PhD)
 
 

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