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PhD, Carleton University
MA, McGill University
BA, Concordia University
Sociology of Work
New Technology and Work
Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology
Sociology of Professional Wrestling
Canadian Sociology Association
Society for the Study of Social Problems
American Sociological Association
British Sociological Association
International Sociological Association
Courses Recently Taught
SOCI 1F90: Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 3P55: The Sociology of Professional Wrestling
Please see Research Page for current research projects and publications
For over three decades, my research interests attended to the relationship between the constraints on human actions imposed by historically contingent social structures and the how and when men and women acted as agents of social change. As a progressive sociologist, men and women as workers were my primary focus. I was also influenced by the work of Immanuel Wallerstein who had been my graduate advisor at McGill University and by Hubert Guindon of Concordia University.
I have been awarded and was the Principal Investigator on three Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants entitled ‘The Impact of New Technologies on an Industrial Labour Force”, “Worker Attitudes to Technological Change: A Cross Provincial Study” and “Do Unions Make a Difference? Information Technology and Clerical Work at Ontario and Québec Universities.” I was also a domain leader for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – Initiative in the New Economy grant entitled “Restructuring Work and Labour in the New Economy.”
On an organizational note, I initiated the drive, organized faculty in three different departments, invited high profile labour leaders such as Grace Hartman (CUPE) and Lynn Williams (USWA) and with the assistance of committed faculty over a ten year period created the pedagogical base which led to the creation of the Labour Studies Program as one of the first interdisciplinary programs at Brock University.
The application of new technology on work, the changing structure of the labour force and the responses of men and women workers continue to inform my research interest. The focus of my present study is on professional wrestling as work, as sport, as theatre and as spectacle. In addition to employing standard qualitative research techniques such as observation and interviews with men and women professional wrestlers, I have trained and performed in the ‘squared circle.’ This noteworthy research strategy provides unique insights into this line of work. While not readily apparent, this topic continues my interest in technology, social structure and human action.