MA in Critical Sociology Faculty Information

MA in Critical Sociology

MA in Critical Sociology Faculty Information


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KATE BEZANSONkbezanson@brocku.ca3457
JONAH BUTOVSKYjbutovsky@brocku.ca4371
JANET CONWAYjconway@brocku.ca4196
NANCY COOKncook@brocku.ca3176
JUNE CORMANjcorman@brocku.ca4205
LAUREN CORMANlcorman@brocku.ca5080
KENDRA COULTERkcoulter@brocku.ca5349
ANDREA DOUCETadoucet@brocku.ca3150
ANN DUFFYaduffy@brocku.ca3517
THOMAS DUNKtdunk@brocku.ca3425
IFEANYI EZEONUiezeonu@brocku.ca4054
MARGOT FRANCISmfrancis@brocku.ca5381
DAN GLENDAYdglenday01@yahoo.com3456
KEVIN GOSINEkgosine@brocku.ca4412
JANE HELLEINERjhelleiner@brocku.ca3711
ANA ISLAaisla@brocku.ca3466
TAMARI KITOSSAtkitossa@brocku.ca5672
MURRAY KNUTTILAmknuttila@brocku.ca4121
TRENT NEWMEYERtnewmeyer@brocku.ca5118 
HIJIN PARKhijinpark@brocku.ca3540
MARY-BETH RADDONmraddon@brocku.ca3460
IAN RITCHIEiritchie@brocku.ca3966
MURRAY E.G. SMITHmsmith@brocku.ca4370
JOHN SORENSONjsorenson@brocku.ca4369
DENNIS SORONdsoron@brocku.ca3458
MICHELLE WEBBERmwebber@brocku.ca4411


PLEASE NOTE: Faculty members may be on sabbatical and other forms of leave in any given year. For further information contact the Critical Sociology Graduate Program Director.
Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 3457)
Kate Bezanson works in the areas of social and labour market policy, comparative and Canadian political economy, welfare state theory and international development. Her research centres on the dynamics of the reconfiguration of the Canadian welfare state in relation to families and social policy. Dr. Bezanson's recent scholarship considers the ways in which new forms of Canadian federalism reconfigure the relationship between the state and social reproduction. Dr. Bezanson is involved in food security and local food initiatives, and is beginning a project on infant/child nutrition, market failures and the CODEX ALIMENTARIUS. 
Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 4371)
Jonah Butovsky is affiliated with the Centre for Labour Studies at Brock University. He has written articles on the New Democratic Party and on Canadian political values.  His current research is on migrant agricultural workers in Niagara and the representation of public opinion in the press.
Canada Research Chair in Social Justice and Associate Professor Sociology
(, Ext. 4196)
Janet Conway teaches in the areas of social movements, feminism, and democratic theory. She is the author of Praxis and Politics: Knowledge Production in Social Movements, Routledge, 2006 and Identity, Place, Knowledge: Social Movements Contesting Globalization, Fernwood, 2004. Her work has appeared in journals in sociology, law, politics, geography and women’s studies. Her current research focuses on the World Social Forum. She completed her PhD in Political Science at York University in 2002. She holds two Master’s degrees, Political Science (2000, York) and Theology (1990 University of St. Michael’s College) and a BA (hons.) History (1984, Memorial) Before coming to Brock in 2007, she taught for five years at Ryerson University, Toronto in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. She is a long-time social justice activist in women’s and anti-poverty organizing, a founder of the Metro Network for Social Justice and founding chair of the Toronto Social Forum. 
Graduate Program Director, Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 3176)
Nancy Cook teaches and supervises in the areas of gender and sexuality, qualitative research methodologies, imperialism and globalization, gender relations in Pakistan, critical mobilities studies, and feminist, postcolonial and post-structural theory. She has published a book and several articles on transcultural interactions between Western women development workers and local populations in northern Pakistan. An interest in transcultural interactions extends through more recent work on professional development workers who lived in Pakistan for an extended period of time to understanding how their experiences of working abroad have affected their lives back in Canada. In her current research she is studying the impacts of a newly opened road to Shimshal, northern Pakistan on women’s lives and gender relations in the village.

Professor of Sociology 
(, Ext. 4205)
June Corman is co-author (with Meg Luxton) of Getting By in Hard Times: Gendered Labour At Home and on the Job (University of Toronto Press, 2001), which received Honourable Mention for the John Porter Prize 2002. Research interests include: women and work, and social reproduction. She is author of articles on women working in the steel industry, in the education sector, and on farms. June was awarded the Graduate Mentorship Award in 2012 in recognition of excellence in graduate student supervision and mentorship.
Associate Professor of Sociology 
(, Ext. 5080)
Lauren Corman teaches in the area of Critical Animal Studies. Her intersectional research draws on feminist, anti-racist, posthumanist, and environmental approaches to the "question of the animal." Dr. Corman's dissertation focused on voice, politics, and the animal rights and liberation movements.
Associate Professor of Labour Studies
(, Ext. 5349)
Kendra Coulter's research focuses on how to improve jobs and work-lives, and foster solidaristic, sustainable societies.  Her most recent book is Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity (2015), and she is now exploring how to conceptualize, expand, and create humane jobs -- jobs that are good for both people and animals.  A frequent media commentator, she is recognized as Canada's leading academic expert on retail work.  Her book Revolutionizing Retail:  Workers, Political Action, and Social Change (2014) was awarded the Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies 2015 Book Prize.  Dr. Coulter welcomes inquiries from dedicated students interested in work and labour, human-animal studies and social justice/critical animal studies, gender and feminist political economy, and anti-poverty work.
Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work, and Care; Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies 
(, Ext. 3150)
Andrea Doucet has published widely on themes of gender/work/care, changing fatherhood, masculinities, parental leave policies, embodiment, reflexivity, ‘responsible knowing’, and knowledge construction processes. Her book Do Men Mother? (University of Toronto Press) was awarded the 2007 John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award from the Canadian Sociology Association. She is also co-author of Gender Relations: Intersectionality and Beyond (with Janet Siltanen, Oxford, 2008). She is currently completing three long-standing book projects: one entitled Slow Method (with Natasha Mauthner, University of Aberdeen, for Sage), one on genealogies of breadwinning and caregiving; and a second edition of Gender Relations and Intersectionalities (with Siltanen). Andrea approaches her teaching and research from an eclectic interdisciplinary perspective and background; she has degrees in political theory and creative writing (York), international development studies (Carleton), and a PhD in social and political sciences (Cambridge University, funded as a Commonwealth Scholar). Her research on theories and practices of care work has been influenced by her co-parenting of three daughters; her work on knowing processes began thirty years ago when she spent nearly six years as a participatory research facilitator, working mainly for the United Nations Development Program in water supply and sanitation projects in in Central and South America. She is currently exploring and writing about: feminist materialist approaches to embodiment; affective inequalities; linkages between a broad range of care practices (including ecological) and social justice; visual methods and the use of documentary film in research; entanglements of care, work and consumption; and performativity and boundary-making in concepts and methods.
Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 3517)
Professor Duffy is current publishing an interview-based book (with Professors Nancy Mandell and Sue Wilson) on mid-life women. She is also a participant in a major grant application which explores the international impact of the new economy on workers and their communities. Research interests include social inequality, paid and unpaid work and violence against women.  
Dean (on Academic Leave), Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 3425)
Thomas Dunk’s research program is in the area of linkages between economy, culture and society, with particular focus on class, masculinity, and economic transformation. He is the author of It’s a Working Man’s Town: Male Working Class Culture; the editor of Social Relations in Resource Hinterlands; and the co-editor of The Training Trap: Ideology, Training and the Labour Market. He is currently working on two SSHRC-funded projects: “Adaptation and Resistance to the Information Age in Natural Resource Dependent Regions in Canada and Norway,” and “Hunters, Bears, Masculinity and the Politics of Identity in Ontario and France.”
Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 4054)
Ifeanyi Ezeonu has published on the impact of neo-liberal economic policies on sub-Saharan Africa (with special focus on the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO) and the international politics of environmental protection. Research interests include: globalization and international development, gang violence, racialised crime, social construction of crime, transnational crime, environmental crime in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, and contemporary African Diaspora.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
(, Ext. 5381)
Margot Francis is an Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, cross-appointed to the Department of Sociology. She teaches courses on queer communities and popular culture, the construction of gender and race in Canadian culture and the Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests include: feminist and post-colonial perspectives on settler societies, critical explorations of culture, arts and identity and integrative approaches to gender, sexuality and the body. 
Francis’ book, Creative Subversions: Whiteness and Indigeneity in the National Imaginary (UBC Press, 2011) explores how whiteness and Indigeneity are articulated through iconic images of Canadian identity - and the contradictory and contested meanings these images evoke. Juxtaposing historical images with work by contemporary artists she explores how artists are giving taken-for-granted symbols new and suggestive meanings opening up new questions about history, memory and national identity.
Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 3456)
Professor Glenday grew up in Quebec where he received an Honors' BA from Sir George Williams University (now, Concordia University). After spending a year in Europe, he returned to Canada to continue graduate work, and received his MA from McGill University and his PhD from Carleton University.  He has been awarded three Social Science and Humanities Research Council grants totaling over $180,000. His publications include "Modernization and the Canadian State", "Le domain colonial: Class Formation in a Natural Resource Enclave", "What has Work Done to the Working Class?" and most recently, "Canada, the Left and Free Trade" and "Rich but Semiperipheral". At present he has completed work with Professors Ann Duffy and Norene Pupo (York University) on another SSHRC-funded project entitled "Do Unions Make a Difference?". He and Professor Duffy have completed a manuscript published by McClelland and Stewart entitled Canadian Society: Understanding and Surviving the 1990s. He, Professors Duffy and Pupo have completed a second manuscript entitled Good Jobs, Bad Jobs, No Jobs: The Transformation of Work in the 20th Century published by Harcourt, Brace and Company and is completing Plugged in at the Office: The Impact of Gender, Culture and Technological Change in Clerical Workers' Lives to be published by Oxford University Press.  His research interests include the sociology of work, comparative methods in social analysis, and the Canadian political economy in the modern world-system (The Work of Immanuel Wallerstein). 
Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 4412)
Kevin Gosine's primary areas of research interest include the critical study of ethnicity and racialization, youth studies, social identity construction, the sociology of education, and social welfare.  Previous published work has explored processes of multiple identity construction and cultural negotiation among highly educated and upwardly mobile Black Canadians, which entailed an examination of the relationship between highly accomplished Black North Americans and antiracism.  In collaboration with Dr. Gordon Pon of Ryerson University, he has also published work that examined racial bias and disproportionality within Ontario's child welfare system.  Most recently, Dr. Gosine led a research team that examined intersections of race and class, communal identity and academic engagement among marginalized youth in Toronto's Regent Park community.  A Public Health Agency of Canada Research Grant (which Dr. Gosine held in partnership with Pathways Canada) supported this latter project.  In collaboration with Dr. Dolana Mogadime of Brock University, Dr. Gosine is in the beginning stages of a research project that will explore curricular and pedagogical strategies for enhancing student academic engagement at the elementary school level, considering in particular curricula and pedagogy informed by the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 3711)
Jane Helleiner was trained in social/cultural anthropology at the University of Toronto.  She has conducted research in Ireland and Canada. Her current research examines differentiated local experience of a changing, stratified Canada/US border. Areas of graduate supervision include critical border studies, racism/antiracism, gender and sexuality, childhood and youth. 
Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies
(, Ext. 3466)
Ana Isla conducts research on women, underdevelopment and environmental issues. Research interests include: development and underdevelopment, feminism, environmentalism.
Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 5672)

Dr. Tamari Kitossa is Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He earned his BA from York University, MA from York University's Faculty of Education and Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Areas of instruction include sociology of the criminal legal system, sociology of punishment, debates in criminology and counter-colonial perspective of criminology. Research interests include: anti-blackness; counter-colonial perspective of criminology and racial profiling; Eurocentric bio-medical, cultural and religious sexualization of the African males; critical police studies; criminalization of African Canadians; and, interracial coupling in Canada. He is currently engaged in research and publication projects with Dr. Katerina Deliovsky on interracial couples and ‘repressive tolerance’ in Canada. With Drs. Philip Howard and Erica Lawson he is preparing a prospectus for an edited collection titled Re/Visioning African Canadian Leadership: Perspectives on continuity, transition and transformation.

Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies
Trent Newmeyer teaches the sociology of leisure, research methods (primarily qualitative research 
design), and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. His research interests include the social history of tourism 
and leisure, crafting as politics, and issues around HIV/AIDS from pregnancy planning to the use of crafting (body mapping) in mediating cultural stigma around HIV.
Professor of Sociology
(,ext. 4121)
Murray Knuttila came to Brock in 2009 after teaching for many years in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina where he was also a Research Faculty member at the Saskatchewan Population Health Evaluation Research Unit. The fact that he was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan informs his interest in rural sociology, the state, food and food security. In recent years his work has also focused on men and masculinities, social justice and population health. Having served in several senior administrative roles in education and healtcare, he is also interested in issues relating to democratic governance and public interest in complex organizations.

Associate Professor of Sociology
(, ext. 3540)
Hijin Park works in the area of anti-racist feminism. Her research and teaching interests include feminist criminology, refugee and migration studies, and securitization studies. She has published articles and book chapters on violence against racialized women, the criminalization of migration, and Canadian white settler nationalism.
Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 3460)
Mary-Beth Raddon researches topics of money and finance from the vantage point of social history, political economy and culture.  She is especially interested in economic institutions, such as inheritance, charity, philanthropy, social welfare, households and cooperatives, whose primary logic is not market exchange.  She has written a book on community currencies, which explores how new local exchange networks expose existing gendered patterns of reciprocity, work and shopping. Mary-Beth also researches on civic participation, social activism, and community-based research.  These interests dovetail with her work in service-learning, a method of teaching that combines formal learning with community engagement.  Areas of supervision include economic sociology and critical pedagogy
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
(, Ext. 3966)

Ian Ritchie is interested in general sociological and historical aspects of sport and physical culture. Ian received his Ph.D. in sociology in 1996, having studied classical and contemporary sociological theories for his core concentration alongside the sociology of sport and physical activity. The general departure point for his research and teaching is the social and historical foundations of sport and how sport needs to be taken seriously as an object of inquiry given its economic and political impact. Specific research interests include performance-enhancing drug use in sport and the history of anti-doping rules, media, gender, and various aspects of the Olympic Games. Co-author (with Rob Beamish, Queen’s University) of Fastest, Highest, Strongest: A Critique of High-Performance Sport (Routledge, 2006), Ian has also published several articles and book chapters related to socio-cultural aspects of sport and he is currently writing a book manuscript on the history of the modern Olympic Games. Ian teaches courses in sociology of sport, sociology of the modern Olympic Games, and a graduate course in sociological theory.

Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 4370)
Murray Smith researches and publishes in the areas of social and political theory, labour studies, the sociology of medicine, and Marxist political economy. He is the author of Global Capitalism in Crisis: Karl Marx and the Decay of the Profit System (Fernwood, 2010), Invisible Leviathan: The Marxist Critique of Market Despotism beyond Postmodernism (University of Toronto Press, 1994) and the editor of Early Modern Social Theory: Selected Interpretive Readings (Canadian Scholars Press, 1998). He is also the co-author (with Judith Blackwell and John Sorenson) of Culture of Prejudice: Arguments in Critical Social Science (Broadview Press, 2003; now published by University of Toronto Press). Dr. Smith has recently completed a book manuscript on critical-dialectical methodology and published several articles and book chapters concerned with Marxist crisis theory, socialist strategy and organized labour.
Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 4369)
John Sorenson gives courses on nonhuman animals and human society, racism, and corporate globalization. Much of his past research has been on war, nationalism and refugees and he has been active in solidarity groups in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East. He was also actively engaged in humanitarian relief work in the Horn of Africa with the Eritrean Relief Association. His most recent book is Animal Rights (Fernwood Press). Other books include Ape; Culture of Prejudice: Arguments in Critical Social Science; Ghosts and Shadows: Construction of Identity and Community in an African Diaspora; Imagining Ethiopia: Struggles for History and Identity in the Horn of Africa; Disaster and Development in the Horn of Africa; and African Refugees. His recent SSHRC-funded research has been on the representation of nonhuman animals.
Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 3458)
Dennis Soron's teaching and research interests include social and cultural theory, the political economy of consumption, radical ecology, and the intersection of labour and environmental politics. He has published various book chapters, articles, and interviews on consumerism, work, the environment, and the issue of depoliticization. He is (with Gordon Laxer) the co-editor of Not For Sale: Decommodifying Public Life (Broadview/Garamond, 2006).
Associate Professor of Sociology
(, Ext. 4411)
Michelle Webber publishes in the area of higher education and gender. Her research interests include higher education, teacher education and feminist research. She is Principal Investigator on a SSHRC grant (with Sandra Acker, University of Toronto, Co-Investigator) titled “The New Scholarly Subject: Academic Work, Subjectivities and Accountability Governance.”  She is also a Co-Investigator on an SSHRC funded project (with Larry Savage, Principal Investigator, and Jonah Butovsky, Co-Investigator) titled “Faculty Associations and The Politics of Accountability Governance in Ontario Universities.”