Anthony C. Masi


Stephen Leacock Building, Room 712
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel.: 514-398-8055
Fax: 514-398-7276
E-Mail: anthony.masi [at] (Anthony C. Masi)
Office: 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 323

Research Areas

Sociology of the labour force; industrial policy; the relationship between institutions and economic development in Italy; population studies



(PhD, Brown University, 1982). Professor; at McGill since 1979. Prof. Masi was appointed to the position of Provost on 13 December 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served as Interim Provost and as Deputy Provost and Chief Information Officer since 2003 and previously as Vice-Principal (Information Systems and Technology) from 2001 to 2003. Prof. Masi is a member of the National Statistics Council, an advisory board to Canada’s Chief Statistician. He has been a visiting professor in Italy at Bari (1987; 1994) and Pisa (1990), was the first non-Italian citizen to be the Jemolo Fellow in Italian Studies at Nuffield College, Oxford (1993), and between 1996 and 2003 was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Italian National Institute of Statistics. His publications (some joint) have appeared in: Revue internationale des technologies en pédagogie universitaire/International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education; Innovations in Education and Teaching International; Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken (Journal for Labour Issues); Acta Sociologica; Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations; Work and Occupations; Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations; Canadian Journal of Sociology; Work, Employment and Society; Incontri Meridionali; as well as chapters in edited collections. He has written several entries on industry for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture. Prof. Masi has collaborated with Professors Axel van den Berg, Michael Smith of the Department of Sociology, Daniel Parent of the Department of Economics, and Joseph Smucker (Sociology, Concordia University), and with several colleagues in Italy.


Selected Publications

Book Chapters

van den Berg, A. and A. Masi. 2005. "Responses to downsizing under different adjustment regimes: A two-country comparison." In Hans de Witte (ed.) Job Insecurity, Union Involvement and Union Activism. Hampshire: Ashgate Limited. Ch. 9, pp. 155-156.

van den Berg, A., Masi, A., Smith, M., and J. Smucker. 2001. "To cut or not to cut: a cross-national comparison of attitudes towards wage flexibility." Reprinted in D. B. Cornfield, K. E. Campbell and H. J. McCannon's (eds.) Working in Restructured Workplaces: Challenges and New Directions for the Sociology of Work, Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Ch. 18, pp. 349-366.

Masi, A. 1999. "Industry,""Finsider," "Italsider" and "Ilva," in G. Moliterno, ed., Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture. Oxford: Routledge.

Del Balso, M., and A. Masi. 1996. "L'investissement et le commerce dans le debat Canadiansur la deindustrialisation avant et apres l'ALENA," in D. Tremblay, ed., Innovation, Technologie et Qualification: Multidimension et Complexite du Processus d'Innovation. Presses de l'Universite du Quebec. 265-284.

Masi, A. 1996. "Steel," in A. Menon and H. Kassim, eds., The European Union and National Industrial Policy. Oxford: Routledge. 70-87.


Masi, A. and L.R. Winer. 2005. "A university-wide vision of teaching and learning with information technologies." Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 42 (2): 147-155.

van den Berg, A. and A. Masi. 2000. "Afslanking en werkonzekerheid onder verschillende aanpassingsregimes: Een Canadees-Zweedse vergelijking" ("Downsizing andemployment insecurity under different adjustment regimes: a Canadian-Swedishcomparison"), Tijdschrift voor Arbeidsvraagstukken (Journal for Labour Issues), 16 (2):191-212.

van den Berg, A., A. Masi., J. Smucker and M. Smith. 2000. "Manufacturing change: a two-country, three-industry comparison." Acta Sociologica, 43 (2): 139-156.

Smucker, J., van den Berg, A., Smith, M., and A. Masi. 1998. "Labour deployment withinplants in Canada and Sweden: a three industry comparison." Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, 53(3): 430-457.

van den Berg, A., Masi, A., Smith, M., and J. Smucker. 1998. "To cut or not to cut: a cross-national comparison of attitudes towards wage flexibility." Work and Occupations, 25 (1): 49-73.

Smith, M., Masi, A., and P. C. Lemay. 1997. "The determinants of blue collar wage rates: an analysis of a data set incorporating observed job characteristics." Labour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations, 11 (1): 113-139.

Smith, M., A. Masi., A. van den Berg and J. Smucker. 1997. "Insecurity, labour relations, and flexibility in two process industries: a Canada/Sweden comparison." Canadian Journal of Sociology, 22: 31-64.

Smith, M., A. Masi., A. van den Berg., and J. Smucker. 1995. "External flexibility in Swedenand Canada: a three industry comparison." Work, Employment, and Society, 9(4): 689-718.

Book Reviews

Peschiera (a cura di), F. Sindacato Industria E Stato Negli Annin Dell'emergenza: Storia Delle Relazioni Industriali In Italia Dal 1972 Al 1983, Volume IV. Reviewed in the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 1998.

Benenato, E. La Calzaturificio Torinese (Bologna: Il Mulino, 1994). Reviewed in Italian Politics and Society, 1998.

Franzosi, R. The Puzzle of Strikes: Class and State Strategies in Postwar Italy (New York: Cambridge U.P., 1995). Reviewed in the Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 2 (2), 1997: 263-265.

Blaikie, N. Approaches to Social Enquiry (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 1993). Reviewed in Contemporary Sociology, 24 (2), 1995: 273-274.

Miscellaneous publications

“166-580A: The Design and Practice of Social Research,” graduate seminar course outline, reprinted in Kevin P. Mulvey (ed.), RESEARCH METHODS COURSES: SYLLABI, ASSIGNMENTS, AND PROJECTS (Washington, D.C.: American Sociological Association, 1997)

"Emerging Life Patterns of Women in Canada: Evidence on Demographic, Economic, and Social Conditions," (with Michael R. Smith), submitted under contract to the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, October 1988, (also No. 89-4 - Working Papers in Social Behaviour, Department of Sociology, McGill University)

“A Brief on the Planning and Content of the 1991 Census of Canada”, submitted to STATISTICS CANADA on behalf of the Social Policy Committee of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, September 1987

“Percorsi scolastici e inserimento nel mondo del lavoro”, (with Franco Chiarello and Vincenzo Persichella), submitted to the Regione Puglia (regional government in South-eastern Italy), December 1986


Courses taught in the past

Undergraduate Courses:

SOCI 210 Sociological Perspectives
SOCI 234 Population & Society
SOCI 312 Industrial Sociology
SOCI 350 Statistics in Social Research
SOCI 444 The Sociology of Labour Force

Graduate Seminars:

SOCI 504 Quantitative Methods 1


Current Research Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, regular research grant “Incentives, Labour market Policies and Flexibility: A Study of the Determinants of Labour Market Transitions” (with Axel van den Berg and Daniel Parent), 2003 – 2006.


Other Activities

“Italian Politics & Society – The Review of the Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society” No. 59 (Winter 2004) and No. 60 (Spring 2005), co-editor with Filippo Sabetti

National Statistics Council of Canada, Statistics Canada, member 2005 – present

Conference Group on Italian Politics and Society, Executive Committee member and Secretary/Treasurer 1994 – 2002; elected Vice-President, 2005

Post-Graduate Students Society (PGSS), recipient of the 2005 Friend of the Society Award, PGSS Council, 4 May 2005

McGill Alumni Association, Honorary Life Membership in recognition of outstanding contributions past and present to McGill University on 20 May 2004

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