Jan Doering

Assistant Professor

Stephen Leacock Building, Room 826
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

Tel: 514-398-1865
Fax: 514-398-7476
E-mail: jan.doering [at] mcgill.ca
Office: Leacock 826

Office Hours: T 1530 - 1630

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Research Areas

Race, ethnicity, migration, microsociology, political sociology, qualitative methods, urban sociology



Assistant Professor at McGill since 2016
PhD in Sociology, University of Chicago, 2014
Diplom in Sociology, Universität Bielefeld, 2008

Jan Doering studies race and ethnicity, politics, and individual meaning-making. His research draws on a variety of methods, including participant observation, in-depth interviewing, and content analysis. He is currently writing a book about the politics of crime and race in racially integrated Chicago neighborhoods. The book examines how and why residents, activists, and politicians construe the fight against street crime as racially divisive or racially benign. 

Additionally, Dr. Doering is working on a comparative study of how candidates for city council in Chicago and Toronto use race and ethnicity to mobilize voters, as well as a collaborative, SSHRC-funded project that examines the connection between neighborhoods and political behavior. Dr. Doering’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission.



Doering, Jan. 2019. “Ethno-Racial Appeals and the Production of Political Capital: Evidence from Chicago and Toronto.” Urban Affairs Review. Pre-published on March 7, 2019. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087419833184

Doering, Jan. 2017. “Afraid of Walking Home From the L at Night? The Politics of Crime and Race in Integrated Neighborhoods.” Social Problems. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spw059

Doering, Jan. 2016. “Visibly White: How Community Policing Activists Manage their Whiteness.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2(1): 106-119. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/2332649215584829

Doering, Jan. 2014. “A Battleground of Identity: Racial Formation and the African American Discourse on Interracial Marriage.” Social Problems 61(4): 559-575.

Doering, Jan. 2010. “Face, Accounts, and Schemes in the Context of Relationship Breakups.” Symbolic Interaction 33(1): 71-95.

Doering, Jan. 2007 “Influences of Discriminatory Incidents on Immigrants’ Attitudes Toward German Society.” International Journal of Conflict and Violence 1(1): 20-31.


Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

SOC 222 Urban Sociology