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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 have taught courses on popular culture, research methods, social class and inequality, gender, social theory, and city life.


SOC1 1001: Introduction to Sociology I
SOCI 1002: Introduction to Sociology II
SOCI 3004: Qualitative Research: Approaches and Strategies
FYSM 1506A: The Sociology of Ottawa


Books and Book Chapters

Seasonal Sociology (2020) (co-edited with Ondine Park). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Summer in Cottage Country: Expectations and Experiences of Canadian Nature (2020). In T. Davidson and O. Park (Eds.), Seasonal Sociology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

The Social Lives of Statues (2017). In Albanese, P, L. Tepperman and E. Alexander (Eds), Reading Sociology 3rd edition. Oxford University Press.

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).

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.