Sociology Faculty and Their Research Interests

Who Can Supervise My Thesis?

Name Interests Email
Nahla Abdo* Settler colonialism and indigenous studies, gendered colonialism and Middle Eastern women, oral history and critical feminist research methods, orientalism and imperialism
Xiaobei Chen* The child citizen, governance, racism, culturalism, colonialism, migration
Deborah Conners Community engagement, social justice, politics and reconciliation of gender issues, feminism, men’s organizations, sociology of knowledge, racialization and racism
Tonya Davidson Urban spaces, public memory, nostalgia, popular culture, and Canadian identity
Darryl Davies Police oversight and accountability, police militarization, risk focused and evidence-based crime prevention, criminal justice policy and sentencing, corrections
Aaron Doyle* Critical and public criminology, risk, insurance, and security, surveillance, crime and media
William Flynn Historical and contemporary forms of travel and tourism, tourist guidebooks, and how identities are formed under liminal and unusual circumstances
Kelly Fritsch** Critical disability studies, disability justice, crip, queer, and feminist theory, crip technoscience, accessibility, feminist science and technology studies, political economy
Neil Gerlach* Apocalypse culture, sociology of war, biotechnology and social control
Laura Hall* Decolonizing methodologies through arts and land-based learning; settler colonial studies, cultural production and pop culture analysis; Indigenous environmental theory and settler colonialism; decolonial social welfare studies; Indigenous anarchist and feminist theories
Katharine Kelly* Homicide, gendered violence, youth crime, youth gangs
Jacqueline Kennelly* Youth cultures, urban sociology, social movements, citizenship, phenomenology, qualitative methods, homelessness, Olympics
Zhiqiu Lin* Theories of crime and crime trends, legal development in China, Chinese society, the sociology of law, quantitative research methodology and data analysis
Azar Masoumi** Politics of state-controlled refugee protection, gender-based and queer refugees, sex and sovereignty, limitations of feminist legal change, race and neoliberalism, and state multiculturalism
Amina Mire* Women and health, science and technology; racialization and biomedicalization of women’s bodies and skin; anti-ageing; political thought; sociology of gender; sociology of knowledge; gender and the cinema; anti-racist/anti-colonial research
Michael Mopas* Sound studies, science, technology and law, cultural studies, criminology and sociolegal studies, food studies
Carlos Novas* Biopolitics, governmentality, science and technology studies, biological citizenship, biosociality
Augustine Park* Transitional justice, restorative justice, community-based justice; colonial and settler colonialism; race, racialization, racism; global southern childhoods.
Justin Paulson* Political economy, social movements, settler colonialism, Marxist theory, aesthetics and politics
George Pollard* Quantitative and mathematical sociology, foundational and meso-level theory, social psychology, social relations, pop culture as collective action, media sociology, work, occupations and organizations
Steven Prus* Gerontology, social epidemiology, quantitative methods
Alexis Shotwell* Impurity and imperfection as a basis for action, environmental justice, racial formation, disability, unspeakable and unspoken knowledge, sexuality, gender, and collective political transformation
Daiva Stasiulis* Global migration, transnationalism and diaspora studies; citizenship studies and multiple citizenship; intersectionality and social inequality; critical race studies; multiculturalism; sociology of emotions
Rania Tfaily* Social demography; social class, gender and caregiving; contemporary changes in marriage and family formation; new family forms; family background and children’s education; socio-economic disparities in health
Zoe Todd*
Human-environmental relations, indigenous and comparative political ontologies, gender, resource extraction, colonialism
Pum van Veldhoven Women and health; women, work  and health; labour and trade unions; the Welfare State; labour, aging and the workforce
William Walters* Political sociology; borders and migration; secrecy and security; genealogies of politics and government
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Sociology Faculty in Other Departments
Leila Angod** Critical race theory; Black and race radical theory; Black, Indigenous, and women of colour feminisms; decolonial methodologies; sociology of education; critical youth studies; speculative fiction and futures
Patricia Ballamingie* Localizing food systems and sustainable community, community-university partnerships, environmental conflict and deliberative democracy
Susan Braedley* Political economy of health care and social services work, social reproduction theory and feminist political economy, gender and social policy, disability and ageing, radical social work practice and theory
Nicolas Carrier* Social systems theory, theoretical criminology, social control, sociology of law and punishment, moralization, biocriminology, drug policies
Patrizia Gentile* Cultural/gender history, history of sexuality, history and theory of the body, beauty contests, national security, October Crisis and immigrant communities, queer theory
Joshua Greenberg* Crisis/risk communication, public relations, media and disasters, public health, and political communication
Jennifer Henderson* Canadian literature, cultural studies in and of Canada, settler colonialism, gender studies
Lara Karaian* Legal regulation and construction of sex, gender and sexuality, feminist, critical race, queer and transgender legal theory, critical criminology, cultural criminology, and porn studies
Alexander McClelland** Critical criminology and critical social science, surveillance studies and medico-legal surveillance, confidentiality, privacy, and data protection
Jeffrey Monaghan* Security governance, policing, surveillance of social movements, settler colonial studies, social movements studies, globalization of surveillance and security practices
Dawn Moore* The role of photographic evidence, feminism, queer theory, Actor-Network Theory and cultural studies, the constitution of criminalized subjectivities, political and public engagement, prisoners experience of imprisonment
Allan Moscovitch* History of the Welfare State in Canada, social administration, particularly the administration of social assistance, Federal/Provincial relations and social welfare, Aboriginal peoples and social welfare, poverty
Xuan Thuy Nguyen* Critical disability studies, critical policy studies, inclusive education, critical theory, human rights and post-colonial studies, visual methodologies
George Rigakos* Pacification, anti-security, political economy of public and private policing, increasing role of Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in local governance and security, nightclubs as spectacles of risk, insecurity and consumption in late capitalism, mutualism, cooperative production
Megan Rivers-Moore* Intersections of sociology, gender studies, and Latin American and Caribbean studies, how sexuality operates transnationally, gendered affective labour, travel and tourism, race and ethnicity, postcolonial and transnational feminisms, and qualitative methods
Rebecca Schein* Marxist political economy and cultural studies, commodification and decommodification of public goods and services, rights, commons, citizenship, and moral claims, mutual aid and social movement dynamics, social movement or community unionism, and political cultures of solidarity
Julia Sinclair-Palm** Queer and trans youth, sexuality education, qualitative research methods, theories of teaching and learning, inclusive practices and policies, community engagement, youth activism
Dale Spencer* Criminalization of Marginalized Populations, with a focus on youth and homeless people, violence, victimization

* May supervise both MA and PhD theses
** May supervise MA theses and co-supervise PhD theses until granted tenure, when will have full supervision status.
*** May co-supervise MA and PhD theses with the permission of FGPA

Supervision status is granted based on rank. If you have questions about supervisory status, please consult the Graduate Administrator. The legend above is meant as an indication only. Please make sure to consult with the faculty you’re interested in working with. This table indicates which types of professors, instructors, and adjunct faculty are eligible to serve as Supervisors, Co-Supervisors, and Committee members for M.A. and Ph.D. student theses.