Faculty and Staff

Department of Sociology




Faculty and Staff

Chair: Kate Bezanson

Staff   
Debbie Crossthwaite: Administrative Assistant Undergraduate and MA in Critical Sociology - 905-688-5550 ext. 3455
Jill DeBon: Administrative Coordinator - 905-688-5550 ext. 4573
Viola Bartel: Department Administrator/Academic Advisor  

Faculty
BEZANSON, Kate
BUTOVSKY, Jonah
CONWAY, Janet
COOK, Nancy (MA Program Profile)
CORMAN, June
CORMAN, Lauren
DELIOVSKY, Kathy
DOUCET, Andrea
DUFFY, Ann (MA Program Profile)
DUNK, Tom
EZEONU, Ifeanyi
FRANCIS, Margot
GLENDAY, Daniel G. (MA Program Profile)
GOSINE, Kevin
HELLEINER, Jane (MA Program Profile)
ISLA, Ana
KITOSSA, Tamari
KNUTTILA, Murray
MONTAZER, Shirin
PARK, Hijin
RADDON, Mary-Beth
SMITH, Murray E. G. (MA Program Profile)
SORENSON, John S. (MA Program Profile)
SORON, Dennis
WEBBER, Michelle

Sessional Instructors 

Mike Palamarek

James Borland
 

Faculty Profiles


Kate Bezanson, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor
Office: STH 401
Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 3457
Email: 
socichair@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, York University
MA, York University
BA, Trent University

Biography

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.

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Jonah Butovsky, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: STH 406
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 4371
E-mail: jbutovsky@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, McGill University

Biography

Jonah Butovsky teaches quantitative methods and political sociology. He has a BA from McGill University and an MA and PhD from the University of Toronto. Professor Butovsky has published articles on Canadian political values, migrant agricultural workers in the Niagara Region, and on the presentation of survey data in the press. He is currently working on one project that examines the political potential of Canadian popular music and another that studies the effects of left-nationalism on the development of Canadian socialism. Professor Butovsky is involved in the labour movement, and is on the executive of the Niagara and District Labour Council.

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Janet Conway, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Social Justice / Associate Professor
Office: STH 419
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 4196
Email: jconway@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, Political Science, York University, 2002
MA, Political Science, York University, 2000
MA, Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, 1990
BA Hons., History, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1984

Biography

Janet Conway's area of research is contemporary social movements, in particular the knowledge arising from activist practice and its significance for reinventing emancipatory politics. Dr. Conway's recent work has focused on the politics of difference and recognition among the social movements of the World Social Forum—especially on the problem of “colonial difference”. This has involved several vectors of research. One is to focus on the feminisms at the WSF. Feminism as a social movement, political tradition, and body of knowledge is arguably the most developed in recognizing, engaging and theorizing difference while remaining concerned about the grounds for ethical politics and practical solidarity. A second focus has been on the indigenous presence and positionality at the WSF. This research has resulted in a recent book: Edges of Global Justice: The World Social Forum and Its Others. Routledge, 2012.

Dr. Conway has two research projects in development. The first is on the Occupy Wall Street movement, focusing on its Canadian expressions in relation to the North American movement and other anti-austerity and alternative democracy movements emerging in other world regions. The second is on the World March of Women and its relations with movements for food sovereignty. Both these projects are collaborative research projects for which we are seeking SSHRC funding and for which we will be seeking student researchers.
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Nancy Cook, PhD
Associate Professor/Graduate Program Director
Office: STH 416
Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 3176
Email: ncook@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, York University (Sociology)
MA, York University (Sociology)
HBA, Brock University (Sociology/Women’s Studies)

Research Interests:

  • feminist, poststructural and postcolonial social theory
  • qualitative methodology
  • gender and imperialism
  • cultural globalisation
  • gender and globalisation
  • transcultural interactions
  • Muslim women in Pakistan
  • the social impacts of road construction in northern Pakista
  • (im)mobilities in the rural Global South

Click here for Dr. Cook's homepage.

Biography

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 poststructural 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.

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June Corman, PhD

Professor
Office: STH 303
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 4205
Email: jcorman@brocku.ca

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.  She is also involved with Women's Studies and Labour Studies.

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Lauren Corman, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: STH 423
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 5080
E-mail: lcorman@brocku.ca

Education
PhD, York University 
MES, York University
BA, University of Manitoba  

Biography

Dr. Lauren Corman teaches classes in the area of Critical Animal Studies, which engages an intersectional approach to "the question of the animal." As such, Dr. Corman's interdisciplinary scholarship draws on animal rights/liberation, posthumanist, feminist, critical race, labour and environmental theories and practices. Much of her graduate work focused on an analysis of Canadian and US slaughterhouses, with emphasis on the industrialized exploitation of pigs. Her dissertation, The Ventriloquist’s Burden? Animals, Voice, and Politics analysed voice and its relationship to nonhuman animal subjectivities. This project was inspired in part through her many years as the host and producer of the weekly animal issues radio program, Animal Voices, on CIUT 89. FM in Toronto. Her current research interests include animal agency and resistance, theories of abjection, and coalition-building among social justice movements. Lauren has been interviewed for Satya, Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, and Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism. She was the guest editor for "Animal," the newest issue of Undercurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies.

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Kathy Deliovsky, PhD
Assistant Professor
Office: STH 425
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 5267
E-mail: kdeliovsky@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, McMaster University
MA, McMaster University
BA (Hons.), York University

Biography

Kathy Deliovsky's teaching and research interests include gendered processes of racialization, racism and anti-racism, anti-racist feminist theory, critical race studies and social inequality. Her book, White Femininity: Race, Gender and Power (2010), examines the racialized dimensions of European Canadian women's identities and experiences. By exploring the complex and interconnected locations of race privilege and gender oppression European Canadian women occupy, her research aims to contribute to the ongoing development of anti-racist feminist theory. Dr. Deliovsky is collaborating with Dr. Tamari Kitossa on research that explores the experiences and perceptions of interracial couples and 'repressive tolerance'. She has published book chapters and articles on the gendered dimensions of racialization and anti-racist feminist theory. She is the co-editor (with Njoki Wane and Erica Lawson) of Back to the Drawing Board: African Canadian Feminisms.

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Andrea Doucet, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Gender, Work and Care/
Professor
Office: STH 410
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3150
Email: adoucet@brocku.ca
           andreadoucet@mac.com

Education

PhD, Social and Political Sciences, Cambridge University
MA, International Development Studies, Norman School of International Relations, Carleton University
BA Political Science (Political Theory) York University

Research Interests:

My research interests:

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. 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, practices, and ontologies of care has been influenced by her co-parenting of three daughters; her work on methodologies, epistemologies and 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 Central and South America.

Andrea is currently exploring and/or writing about: feminist materialisms; embodiment; affective inequalities; fathers and parental leave; fathering and masculinities; care and social justice; visual research methods; entanglements of care, work and consumption; performativity and boundary-making in concepts and methods; and intersections between sociology and fiction.

 

For more information, please visit:
http://www.andreadoucet.com/

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Ann Duffy, PhD
Professor
Office: STH 412
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3517
E-mail: aduffy@brocku.ca

Education
PhD, McMaster University
MA, McMaster University
BA (Hons.), McMaster University

Biography

Ann Duffy teaches in the area of work and employment, with particular emphasis on issues of gender and age inequalities. Currently, she is completing a SSHRC research project with Professors June Corman and Norene Pupo (York University) examining the impact of de-industrialization on the lives and communities of workers in Welland. Here, there is particular attention to the issues of women industrial workers. Professor Duffy has published extensively in the areas of work and employment, sociology of the family, family conflict and violence, violence against women, and poverty in Canada. A portion of her publishing has been directed to the development of textbooks in the areas of the sociology of the family, the sociology of work and introductory sociology. Professor Duffy is an active participant in the Department of Labour Studies and in the M.A. in Critical Sociology and the M.A. in Social Justice and Equity Studies.

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Thomas Dunk, PhD   (SABBATICAL July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014)

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences
Office: Scotiabank Hall 323
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3425

Email:
tdunk@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, McGill University
MA, McGill University
BA (Honours), University of Alberta

Biography

Thomas Dunk is currently Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Scoiology. In recent years, his teaching has focused on social theory (both classical and contemporary), economic sociology and anthropology, environmentalism, and masculinity. His research interests include masculinity in working-class culture and history, regional development and economic restructuring and environmental controversies. His current research is concerned with the relationships between economic restructuring and environmental conflicts in Canada and France, especially those related to hunting and carnivore protection, and the politics of gender, region and national identities. He is also working on a project with colleagues in Canada and Norway in the era of the knowledge-based, new economy.

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Ifeanyi Ezeonu, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: STH 424
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 4054
Email: iezeonu@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, University of Toronto
M.Phil, University of Cambridge
MA, University of Leeds
BSc, Anambra State University of Technology

Biography

Dr. Ezeonu received his B.Sc. (Honours) from the Anambra State University of Technology (now, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria), M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, England, M.A. from the University of Leeds, England and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has published on issues of social and economic justice in Sub-Saharan Africa. His present research interests include: gang violence, racialised crime, the social construction of crime, transnational crime, environmental crime in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, and contemporary African Diaspora.

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Margot Francis, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: MCD 333
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 5381
Email: mfrancis@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, OISE, University of Toronto
MEd, OISE, University of Toronto
BA, University of Western Ontario

Biography

Margot Francis is an Assistant 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.  Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in Theory and Policy Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (2002).

Francis’ book, Creative Subversion: 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. These benign, even kitschy symbols, she argues, are haunted by ideas about race, masculinity, and sexuality that circulated during the formative years of Anglo-Canadian nationhood. Through a richly illustrated text Francis explores how national symbols such as the beaver, the railway, the wilderness of Banff National Park, and ideas about 'Indianness' evoke nostalgic versions of the past that cannot be expelled or assimilated. The irony is that insofar as Canadian consume versions of a past that do not nourish, the living can themselves become ghostly. Juxtaposing historical images with work by contemporary artists she explores how artists are giving taken-for-granted symbols new and suggestive meanings. From director Richard Fung's Dirty Laundry, to the work of Indigeneous artists Jeff Thomas and Kent Monkman, to Shauna Dempsey and Lorri Milan's performance work Lesbian Park Rangers, the book explores how banal objects can be re-imagined in ways that offer the possibility of moving from an unproblematized possession by the past to an imaginative reconsideration of it.

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Daniel Glenday, PhD
Professor
Office: STH 406
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3456
E-mail: dglenday@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, Carleton University
MA, McGill University
BA, Concordia University

Biography

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.

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Kevin Gosine, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: STH 302
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 4412
E-mail: kgosine@brocku.ca

Education
PhD, York University
MSW, University of Toronto
BA, York University

Biography:

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 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 build on his work in Regent Park by exploring 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.   Dr. Gosine has taught courses in social research methods (undergraduate and graduate levels), introductory statistics, and service learning.

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Jane Helleiner, PhD

 

Professor
Office: STH 426
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3711
E-mail: jhelleiner@brocku.ca
 
Education

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, University of Toronto

Research Interests:
Racism and antiracism; gender and sexuality; childhood and youth; Border studies; Irish studies, Canadian studies

Biography 

Jane Helleiner received her BA, MA and Ph.D in Social/Cultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She has conducted research in Ireland and Canada. Her book Irish Travellers: Racism and the Politics of Culture (University of Toronto Press) was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice magazine in 2001. Her most recent work is in the area of critical border studies. 

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Ana Isla, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: MCD 331
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3466
Email: aisla@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, OISE-University of Toronto
MA, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
BA, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos
BA, Universidad Nacional de la Amazonia

Biography

Ana Isla teaches courses in social and feminist theories. Professor Isla has two BAs, one in Education and the other in Sociology, an MA from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and a PhD from OISE-University of Toronto. Her doctoral dissertation examined the structure and functioning of the complex Canada-Costa Rica debt-for-nature investment relationship and the projects developed by two non-governmental organizations. Her dissertation received an award in an international competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation for young scholars. Professor Isla's research within the gift economy and the subsistence economy is highly reputed. Her research on ecofeminism is widely published and has secured financial support. Her scholarly work has been included in journal debates and her readers are in English- and Spanish-speaking communities. Her publications and conference presentations have been picked up by the popular media several times because of their relevance to policy development, as well as to broad social concerns. Professor Isla is currently conducting research in two areas: an exploration of subsistence economies in the Peruvian rainforest, and mining in Latin America. Dr. Isla has a positive international reputation and serves as a Board Member for both the Canadian Woman Studies and Capitalism Nature Socialism journals.

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Tamari Kitossa, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: STH 422
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 5672
E-mail: tkitossa@brocku.ca

Education

Ph.D, OISE, University of Toronto (2005)
MA, York University (1998)
BA, York University (1995)

Biography

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.

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Murray Knuttila
Professor
On sabbatical, temporary office currently located in GLN 226
(905) 688-5550 ext. 4468
mknuttila@brocku.ca

Education

Phd, University of Toronto
MA, University of Regina
BA (Honours), University of Regina 

Biography

Murray Knuttila is Provost and Vice-President Academic at Brock University where he also holds an appointment as Professor of Sociology. Prior to joining Brock in 2009 he taught in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina for several decades where he was also a Research Faculty at the Saskatchewan Population Health Evaluation Research Unit. He was Associate Vice-President (Academic) for two years, Dean of Arts from 1995 to 2002 and Assistant Dean and Department Head prior to that. He was the inaugural Chairperson of the Regina-Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority and Vice-Chair of the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Board. He has been on numerous graduate committees and supervised numerous M.A. and PhDs students as well as being the recipient of numerous research grants.

He was born and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan.He received a BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Regina and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has written papers, articles and book chapters on issues such as the role of the state in Western Canadian society, globalization and Canadian agricultural policy, rural Saskatchewan and men and masculinities. His current research interests include the impact of globalization on social development and politics in rural Canada, as well as issues relating to men and masculinities, social justice and population health.  

In addition to various edited books, book chapters and articles, his books include: 1) Sociology Revisited; 2) That Man Partridge: The Life and Times of E.A. Partridge; 3) Introducing Sociology: A Critical Perspective; and 4) State Theories: Classical, Feminist and Global Perspectives.
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Assistant Professor
STH 420
(905) 688-5550 ext. 3455

Education

PhD, Sociology, University of Toronto
MA, Sociology, University of Toronto
BA Hons., Sociology

Biography
Shirin Montazer received her BA, MA and Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Toronto.  Her dissertation has won the Best Dissertation Award from the Mental Health section of the American Sociological Association for 2012-2013. She is a researcher in the area of Mental Health and Immigration with a particular focus on the relationship between country of origin, length of residence and/or generation, and the mental health outcome of immigrants and children of immigrants to Canada. Although her work focuses on the effect of immigration and mental health, she is also interested in other areas of research such as work, gender, and marriage as well as the effect of more contextual stressors on mental health outcomes. For example, she is currently collaborating on a paper that examines the effect of the September 11 attacks on a number of social and health outcomes in the United States.

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 Hijin Park, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: STH 409
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3540
E-mail: hijinpark@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, OISE, University of Toronto
MEd, University of Alberta
BA (Hons), University of Alberta

Biography

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. Her current research examines the violence of racialized female murderers in the context of Canadian white settler colonialism and neoliberalism.

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Mary-Beth Raddon, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: STH 401A
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3460
E-mail: mraddon@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, McMaster University

Biography

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.

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Murray E.G. Smith, PhD
Professor
Office: STH 408
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 4370
E-mail: msmith@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, University of British Columbia
MA, University of Manitoba
BA, University of Manitoba

Biography

Murray E.G. Smith's principal research and teaching interests are in the areas of theoretical and international political economy, classical sociological theory, Marxist theory, social movements, and the sociology of health and illness. He has published articles in the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Studies in Political Economy, the Canadian Journal of Sociology, Science & Society, the Review of Radical Political Economics, the Brock Review, Historical Materialism, Rethinking Marxism and Labour/Le Travail; and contributed entries to the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, the Encyclopedia of International Political Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of Case Study Research. He is the author of Invisible Leviathan: The Marxist Critique of Market Despotism beyond Postmodernism (University of Toronto Press, 1994), the editor of Early Modern Social Theory: Selected Interpretive Readings (Canadian Scholars Press, 1998), and the co-author (with Judith Blackwell and John Sorenson) of The Culture of Prejudice (Broadview Press, 2003). His most recent book is Global Capitalism in  Crisis: Karl Marx and the Decay of the Profit System (Fernwood Publishing, 2010).

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John Sorenson, PhD
Professor
Office: STH 414
Phone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 4369
E-mail: jsorenson@brocku.ca

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Education

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

Biography

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.
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Dennis Soron, PhD
Associate Professor
Office: STH 418
Phone: 905-688-5550 ext. 3458
Email: dsoron@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, York University
MA, York University
BA, Carleton University

Biography

Prior to arriving at Brock in the summer of 2005, Dennis Soron received his PhD from York University's interdisplinary program in Social and Political Thought, completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers project at the University of Alberta and taught part-time at several universities in Alberta and Ontario.  Professor Soron's current teaching and research interests include contemporary social theory, cultural studies, the sociology of consumption, environmental sociology, radical ecology and the intersection of labour and environmental politics.  He is also affiliated with the Labour Studies Program and the MA in Social Justice and Equity Studies.

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Michelle Webber, PhD
Associate Professor 
Office: STH 420
Telephone: 688-5550 ext. 4411
Email: mwebber@brocku.ca

Education

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, Brock University

Biography

Michelle Webber teaches in the area of sociology of education. She also regularly teaches introductory sociology. She is affiliated with the Centre for Labour Studies and is a member of the Jobs and Justice Research Unit. Professor Webber has a BA from Brock and an MA and PhD from the University of Toronto. She publishes on various aspects of higher education including contingent faculty, tenure and promotion, and academic identities. She is currently the principal investigator of a SSHRC-funded research project entitled "The New Scholarly Subject: Academic Work, Subjectivities, and Accountability Governance" (Sandra Acker, Co Investigator, University of Toronto). She is also a co investigator on a SSHRC-funded project entitled "Faculty Associations and the Politics of Accountability Governance in Ontario Universities" (Larry Savage, Principal Investigator, Jonah Butovsky, Co-investigator).