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Congratulations to Professor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée who was awarded the 2021 Fieldhouse Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée was awarded the 2021 Fieldhouse Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts that recognizes excellence in teaching and mentoring students.

Published: 27 Apr 2021

Professor Barry Eidlin writes in the Washington Post about the undemocratic nature of union representation elections in the United States.

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.

Published: 23 Apr 2021

Professor Barry Eidlin comments on Alabama Amazon union loss in the Globe and Mail.

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.

Published: 19 Apr 2021

Congratulations to Emre Amasyali who won the Arts Insights Dissertation Award for the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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! 

Published: 12 Apr 2021

In December 2020, Professor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée's Canada Research Chair in Policies and Health Inequalities was renewed for another five years

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.

Published: 26 Jan 2021

In a new published article, Maike Isaac (PhD candidate) and Prof. Jennifer Elrick assess how COVID-19 can prompt a revaluation of the legal statuses of “essential” migrant workers

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.

Published: 24 Nov 2020

Professor Barry Eidlin offers post-US election analysis in La Presse

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”).

Published: 4 Nov 2020

Professor Poulami Roychowdhury’s new book Capable Women, Incapable States asks how women claim rights against violence in India and with what consequences

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.

Published: 13 Sep 2020

Professor Eran Shor’s book presents some surprising results about the place of aggression within pornography today

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.

Published: 13 Sep 2020

Professor Doering’s new book Us Versus Them examines conflicts about over policing, crime, and gentrification in racially diverse neighborhoods

Professor Jan Doering’s new book Us versus Them (Oxford University Press) examines conflicts about over policing, crime, and gentrification in racially diverse neighborhoods.

Published: 13 Sep 2020

Professor Barry Eidlin analyzes the possible broader implications of the recent strikes for racial justice by professional athletes in Jacobin

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.”

Published: 4 Sep 2020

Professor Barry Eidlin’s book Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada received an Honorable Mention for the 2020 Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award competition.

Professor Barry Eidlin’s book Labor and the Class Idea in the United States and Canada has been given the distinction of Honorable Mention for the 2020 Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award competition of the American Political Science Association Canadian Politics Section.

Published: 4 Sep 2020

Acknowledged as the "founding father" of political polling in Quebec, Emeritus Professor Maurice Pinard published a book Nationalist Movements Explained

Acknowledged as the "founding father" of political polling in Quebec, Emeritus Professor Maurice Pinard published a book Nationalist Movements Explained: Comparisons from Canada, Belgium, Sp

Published: 29 Jun 2020

Assistant Professor Luca Pesando awarded the Best PhD Dissertation Prize in Demography by the Italian Statistical Society

Assistant Professor Luca Pesando was awarded the Best PhD Dissertation Prize in Demography by the Italian Statistical Society. This prize was instituted in the memory of Valeria Solesin, an Italian Sociologist and Demographer working in France, who lost her life in the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris.

Published: 29 Jun 2020

Departmental Statement of Support for Anti-Racist Movement

McGill’s Department of Sociology expresses full support for the ongoing protests against police brutality and institutionalized racism in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. We, the faculty, are in awe of and inspired by the peaceful mobilization against racism around the world and feel that this is an important time for self-reflection and listening.

Published: 29 Jun 2020

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