Professor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée was awarded the 2021 Fieldhouse Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts that recognizes excellence in teaching and mentoring students. Over the nearly sixteen years of her career at McGill, Professor Quesnel-Vallée has demonstrated all the hallmarks of distinguished teaching; she is a superb communicator, striving to adopt new methods to encourage active learning and inspiring students to both trust in and challenge themselves and to cherish and cultivate curiosity.
Labour unions in the United States have suffered a series of high-profile defeats in union representation elections in recent years, most recently at Amazon in Bessemer, Alabama. While some might think this indicates that workers are not interested in unionizing, available polling data suggests that far more workers want unions than currently have them. The problem, as Assistant Professor Barry Eidlin argues in the Washington Post, is the profoundly broken and undemocratic union election system that currently exists.
On April 9, 2021, one of the most high-profile union elections in recent U.S. history came to a close. Workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama voted by more than 2-1 against joining a union, following a months-long campaign that drew international media attention. This was a major setback for U.S. unions, who see unionizing Amazon as key to reviving labor’s fortunes. In an op-ed published in the Globe and Mail on April 10, Prof. Barry Eidlin explained both what made the election so significant, and what the loss means for the future of labor.
Emre Amasyali won the Arts Insights Dissertation Award for the Social Sciences and Humanities for his thesis, entitled "The fight for Eden: a mixed-methods analysis of historical educational competition and its legacies", that he completed under the supervision of Professor Matthew Lange. A well-deserved accomplishment!
The IHSP's Alissa Koski and her colleague Shelley Clark have been receiving some media attention from their recent article:
Child Marriage in Canada
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Population and Development Review (2021).
Published January 8th, 2021
In 2015, the Canadian population crossed a significant threshold, as those 65 years and over now outnumber those 14 years and younger. This historically unprecedented population ageing requires us to rethink our policies in a way that has not yet been fully integrated through all sectors of society, especially regarding social and health inequalities among older adults. Dr. Quesnel-Vallée’s research program responds to these challenges.
Dementia and Poor Continuity of Primary Care Delay Hospital Discharge in Older Adults: A Population-Based Study From 2001 to 2016
This new paper from our trainee Mari Aaltonen examines dementia and delayed discharge and the association of delayed discharge with discharge destination and with the continuity of primary care prior to urgent admission. The study used data from our partner Population Data BC.
Canada is at the forefront of global efforts to end child marriage abroad. Yet this practice remains legal and persists across the country. In Canada, more than 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to children, usually girls, under the age of 18 between 2000 and 2018, according to a new study from researchers at McGill University. In recent years, an increasing number of child marriages have been common-law unions.
The spread of the Internet is shaping migration in profound ways. A McGill-led study of over 150 countries links Internet penetration with migration intentions and behaviours, suggesting that digital connectivity plays a key role in migration decisions and actively supports the migration process.
In "How COVID-19 May Alleviate the Multiple Marginalization of Racialized Migrant Workers" (published in Ethnic and Racial Studies) Maike Isaac and Prof. Jennifer Elrick assess the potential impact of COVID-19 on the precarious legal statuses of “essential” migrant workers in countries of the Global North.
Assistant Professor Barry Eidlin offered commentary on the November 3, 2020 U.S. presidential election in La Presse. On November 4, he published a morning-after analysis of the results entitled « Cette élection ne signalera pas la fin du trumpisme » (“This election will not be the end of Trumpism”).
Professor Poulami Roychowdhury’s new book Capable Women, Incapable States: Negotiating Violence and Rights in India (Oxford University Press) shows how illegality is central to the exercise of citizenship rights in India. Women stake claims by mobilizing organized support, threatening law enforcement personnel, and doing the work of the state themselves.
Professor Shor's book, Aggression in Pornography, was written together with McGill Sociology PhD student Kimberly Seida and published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). It examines what we know, what we think we know, and what are some surprising research findings and insights about the place of aggression within pornography today.
Professor Jan Doering’s new book Us versus Them (Oxford University Press) examines conflicts about over policing, crime, and gentrification in racially diverse neighborhoods.
Professor Barry Eidlin uses some basic tools of sociological analysis (relying particularly on Erik Olin Wright and Howard Kimeldorf) to think through the broader implications of the recent strikes for racial justice by professional athletes in a piece published on August 30 in Jacobin entitled “Last Week’s Pro Athletes Strikes Could Become Much Bigger Than Sports.”