A Message From Our Chair

Welcome to the Department of Sociology & Anthropology!

Although things may look a little different this academic year, with a mixture of in-person and online courses, we are delighted to welcome you to our great community of students, faculty, contract instructors, and administrative staff.

Our department provides a range of substantive courses and high-calibre programs in Sociology and in Anthropology that introduce, elaborate, and explore analytical frameworks, methods, and an extensive range of topics associated with our disciplines today. Drawing on their leading research – that ranges, for instance, from prison justice to gender and sexuality, homelessness to climate change, aspects of the human life course (e.g., youth, childhood, aging) to colonialism and Indigenous responses, war and transitional justice to science and technology, religion to citizenship and migration, secrecy and security to class mobility – that takes place in Canada and across the planet (in every continent save for Antarctica), our faculty and students examine the social, cultural, political, economic and/or psychological dynamics and consequences of human actions on themselves, nonhuman animals, and the world itself. Like always, there is an impressive range of pedagogical practices that will be used, a number of which are quite cutting-edge keeping within the traditions of teaching in SocAnth.

We have introduced a new Minor in Community Engagement, which will offer students a course of study that includes the theoretical tools and practical skills to recognize, respectfully engage, and build community, while working for change and respecting differences both on- and off-campus.

I welcome you to wander through our website to learn more about our faculty and administrative staff, contract instructors, programs, and courses. Please feel free to contact us if you wish further information or have any questions.

Blair Rutherford, Chair


Carleton’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology includes over 35 faculty members in Anthropology and Sociology, an outstanding team of contract instructors who add to our diverse expertise, active professors emeriti and distinguished research professors, over 40 adjunct professors and adjunct research professors, and postdoctoral and visiting scholars.

Our teaching staff are supported by an excellent team of graduate student teaching assistants. Many of our graduate students are profiled here.

All members of the Department are supported by a friendly administrative staff.