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Tonya Davidson

Instructor III

Degrees:PhD (University of Alberta)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2087
Office:C774 Loeb Building

Areas of Interest

As a sociologist I am broadly interested in urban spaces, public memory, nostalgia, popular culture, and Canadian identity. Specifically, I have spent many years studying the social lives of statues in Ottawa.

As an instructor, I am deeply invested in improving my teaching practice and contributing to the culture of teaching excellence at Carleton. I have taught introduction to sociology every semester since I began teaching in 2010 (and I love it)! I take being students’ first exposure to sociology very seriously. I also love being exposed to a broad range of the Carleton student population in the introductory classes.

Before coming to Carleton, I taught at Ryerson University in the Sociology Department for four years. I have also taught at King’s University College- Western University, McMaster University, and the University of Alberta. I have taught courses in popular culture, research methods, social class and inequality, gender, social theory, city life. I am currently working on an Introduction to Sociology textbook with my colleague Ondine Park that will introduce readers to sociology through the lens of the four seasons.

I enjoy writing sociological critiques for broader audiences and have published in the magazines: Briarpatch, Canadian Dimension, This and Herizons.


SOC1 1001: Introduction to Sociology I

SOCI 1002: Introduction to Sociology II

SOCI 3004: Qualitative Research: Approaches and Strategies


Books and Book Chapters

The Social Lives of Statues In Albanese, Patrizia (Ed), Reading Sociology. Oxford University Press: forthcoming.

Davidson, Tonya, Ondine Park and Rob Shields (Eds), Ecologies of Affect: Placing Nostalgia, Desire and Hope (2011), Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Nostalgia and Postmemories of a Lost Place: Actualizing ‘My Virtual Homeland In Ecologies of Affect: Placing Nostalgia, Desire and Hope (2011) Tonya Davidson, Ondine Park and Rob Shields. (Eds.), Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

Journal Articles

Narratives of National Belonging at Ottawa Monuments: The Canadian Tribute to Human Rights and Enclave: The Women’s Monument. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. No. 36 (2016, forthcoming).

Reassembling Ottawa: Editorial Introduction (with Nicholas Scott) Canadian Journal of Urban Research Summer Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 1-7 (Summer 2016)

Mica, Pedagogy, Defacement: Learning from Canada’s National War Memorial, The Public Historian, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 42–61 (May 2016).

Mourning Stompin’ Tom. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. No. 35 (2016).

Imperial Nostalgia, Social Ghosts, and Canada’s National War Memorial. Space and Culture, May 2016; vol. 19, 2: pp. 177-191

A Scout’s Life: English-Canadian Nostalgia, Colonialism, and Aboriginality in Ottawa Journal of Canadian Studies, (2014) vol. 48 (3).

Remembering Houses: The Role of Domestic Architecture in the Structuring of Memory Space and Culture, (2009) vol. 12 (3).

“Stigma and the Single Girl: Performing Gender, Sex, and the City” Studies in Symbolic Interaction, (2007) vol. 29.