John Sorenson

Professor, Sociology

Office: STH 414
905-688-5550 x4369

PhD, York University
MA, University of Alberta
BA, University of Alberta

John Sorenson teaches Critical Animal Studies, globalization, and anti-racism. Professor Sorenson has an HBA and MA from the University of Alberta and a PhD from York University (Social and Political Thought). He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded project on various ways of representing animals. Previous SSHRC grants have supported his research in the Horn of Africa, where he studied the experience of women in the Eritrean liberation struggle and research on diasporic communities from Africa in Canada. Professor Sorenson has been involved with a number of Third World solidarity groups. His books Imagining Ethiopia and Ghosts and Shadows (co-author Atsuko Matsuoka) investigate politics of national identity. His most recent books are Ape and About Canada – Animal Rights.

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.