- Dr. Vic Satzewich 2014 article "Canadian Visa Officers and the Social Construction of 'Real' Spousal Relationships" in the Canadian Review of Sociology (CRS) was the most-downloaded CRS article in 2015 (with 865 downloads). It was the second-most popular downloaded article in 2014 with 1,112 download.
- The Canadian Sociological Association present this year's John Porter Book Award to McMaster Sociology Professor Dr. Vic Satzewich, for Points of Entry: How Canada’s Immigration Officers Decide Who Gets In (2015). The book draws on data gathered from eleven overseas visa offices to examine how immigration officers implement discretion in their decisions about who is given or denied entry into Canada. Satzewich finds that, rather than simply being about individual bias, decisions are based more broadly on the organizational culture and local knowledges. Reflecting the Porter tradition, the book considers a topic—the inner workings of the Department of Immigration—that is not only timely, but written in a highly accessible manner for a broad readership.
- Dr. Jeff Denis presented a paper based on his research on indigenous issues and de-colonialization in Canada in April 2016 at a symposium in Melbourne, Australia on The Non-Indigenous Responsibility to Engage: Scoping Reconciliation and Its Alternatives.
- Dr. Melanie Heath has accepted the position of Secretary/Treasurer for the Research Group RC32, Women in Society for the International Sociological Association.
- Dr. Tina Fetner comments on anti LBGT moral panics in the United States, with regards to the controversial public bathroom legislations that are currently being debated. Read more...
- Dr. Marisa Young participated in the Half-day Conference: Healthy Children and Families. One of five speakers, she was speaking on "Neighbourhood Influences on Parents’ Work-Family Conflict and the Implications for Child Health and Well-Being.” This half-day conference was part of the “Big Ideas, Better Cities” series.
- Sociology MA student Christa Jonathan played a leadership role in putting together a student organized conference on indigenous health issues in Jan 2016. Designed to bring awareness to non-indigenous community, and medical and mental health students about the significant health inequalities faced by indigenous people in Canada, there were a number of prominent indigenous scholars and experts from McMaster and the region speaking. Sociology's Jeff Denis spoke on "indigenous conceptions of poverty and health in a settler-colonial context." The conference is described here and Christa and student collaborators profile is available here.
- Recently defended PhD student Roger Pizarro Milian and Dr. Neil McLaughlin have published “Canadian Sociology for Sale? Academic Branding in the ‘Neo-Liberal Age’” in The American Sociologist (DOI: 10.1007/s12108 -016-9318-9). This study empirically examines the promotional practices of Canadian sociology departments.
- Recently defended PhD student Roger Pizarro Milian has published (with Scott Davies and David Zarifa) "Barriers to Differentiation: Applying Organizational Studies to Ontario Higher Education." in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46(1): 19-37. This piece examines organizational forces that mediate the efficacy of current differentiation policies within the Ontario public university sector.
- Dr. Lisa Kaida has published the following article: “Ethnic Variations in Immigrant Poverty Exit and Female Employment: The Missing Link” Demography 52(2): 485-511.
- Dr. Marisa Young has published the following articles:
Young, Marisa, Jean Wallace and Alicia Polachek. 2015, “Gender Differences in Perceived Domestic Equity: A Study of Professionals.” Journal of Family Issues, 36(13), 1751-1781.
Young, Marisa. 2015. “Work-Family Conflict in Context: The Impact of Structural and Perceived Neighborhood Disadvantage on Work-Family Conflict.” Social Science Research, 50, 311-327.
- Dr. Jeffrey Denis has published an article, “Contact Theory in a Small-Town Settler-Colonial Context: The Reproduction of Laissez-Faire Racism in Indigenous-White Canadian Relations.” in the American Sociological Review 80(1): 218-242.
- Dr. Lina Samuel published "Family, Religion and the Re-Terriotoriazation of Culture Within the South Asian Diaspora" in Guida Man and Rina Cohen (editors) Engendering Transnational Voices (Wilfred Laurier Press, 2015).
- Dr. Phillipa Chong published “Playing Nice, Being Mean, and the Space in Between: Book Critics and the Difficulties of Writing Bad Reviews” in the book Moments of Valuation (Oxford University Press: 2015) edited by Antal, Hutter and Stark.
- Dr. Phillipa Chong article,"A Post-Bourdieusian Sociology of Valuation and Evaluation for the Field of Cultural Production" (2016) is forthcoming in Routledge Handbook of Sociology edited by Stefan Beljean, Phillipa Chong, and Michèle Lamont.
- McMaster PhD sociology student Sabreena Siddiqui's research was highlighted on CBS in response to a recently published study on boy-girl birth ratios among immigrants to Canada. Listen to Sabreena talk about the complexities of the issue in a TV interview. Her interview starts at the 13 minute point of the audio cast.
- Dr. Tina Fetner has put together a toolkit published by The American Sociological Association for taking sociological research to a wider audience, from writing Op-Eds, using Social Media and doing media interviews. An invaluable resource, available here.
- Dr. Victor Satzewich was interviewed by Global National News and CTV National News on China's announcement of the end of its one child policy. And by the Toronto Star, National Post Radio and Blacklock's Reporter (Ottawa) on the Canadian Government's Syrian refugee resettlement plans.
- Dr. Jasmin Hristov ( assistant professor in sociology and author of Paramilitarism and Neoliberalism: Violent Systems of Capital Accumulation in Colombia and Beyond ) spoke on the TV program Global Journalist on the topic "Colombia's Deal with the FARC". The participants were high profile political leaders and journalists: Mauricio Rodriguez, an adviser to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Sibylla Brodzinsky, a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Guardian and The Economist and Ricardo Avila, editor-in-chief of Portafolio and deputy editor-in-chief of El Tiempo.
- Dr. Paul Glavin has published the following articles:
Glavin, Paul. 2015. “Perceived Job Insecurity and Health: Do Duration and Timing Matter?” The Sociological Quarterly 56(2):300-328.
Glavin, Paul and Amanda Peters. 2015. “The Costs of Caring: Caregiver Strain and Work-Family Conflict Among Canadian Workers.” Journal of Family and Economic Issues 36:5-20.
- Dr. Lisa Kaida forthcoming publication: Sano, Yujiro, Lisa Kaida, and Eric Tenkorang “Racial Variations in Ethnic Identity among the Children of Immigrants in Canada” Canadian Ethnic Studies 47(3): 49-68.