People

Faculty
Core Faculty

Alyssa Alexander

Alyssa Alexander

Lecturer

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Alyssa Alexander's research interests focus on care work and inequality, the relationship between family structure and child/youth outcomes, and military families. She also has a special interest in comparative research across countries, especially as it relates to care work and gender inequality. S...Read more

Amanda Cheong

Amanda Cheong

Assistant Professor

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I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. My research examines the links between legal status and the reproduction of inequality, with a focus on undocumented migrants, stateless persons, and refugees.

Amin Ghaziani

Amin Ghaziani

Professor

phone604 822 2268
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Other Affiliations Co-Editor, Contexts Magazine Deputy Editor, Mobilization Faculty Associate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies --- Amin Ghaziani is Professor of Sociology, Canada Research Chair in Urban Sexualities, and co-editor of Contexts, the public-facing magazine of the ...Read more

Amy Hanser

Amy Hanser

Associate Professor

phone604 827 3135
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Teaching Areas: Work, Social Inequality, Gender, Economy, Culture. Other Affiliations Faculty Associate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies

Anna Dawczyk

Anna Dawczyk

Lecturer

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Aryan Karimi

Aryan Karimi

Assistant Professor

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I am a qualitative researcher. I study migration and refugee flows, the role of ethnic and racial boundaries in assimilation practices, and the daily lived experiences of racialized refugee and diasporic communities. I have conducted multiple research projects with immigrants/refugees from the Middl...Read more

Carrie Yodanis

Carrie Yodanis

Associate Professor

phone604 822 3185
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Education Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

Catherine Corrigall-Brown

Catherine Corrigall-Brown

Professor and Department Head

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Catherine Corrigall-Brown's overarching research agenda bridges the subfields of social movements, political sociology, and social psychology (particularly the study of identity). This research is the basis of her first book, Patterns of Protest (Stanford University Press, 2012), two edited spec...Read more

Chelsea Freeborn

Chelsea Freeborn

Lecturer

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Chelsea Freeborn’s research interests include human ecology, academic decolonization, and family experiences with early learning and child care.

David Tindall

David Tindall

Professor

phone604 822 2363
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Other Affiliations  

Elic Chan

Elic Chan

Lecturer

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Dr. Elic Chan is a sociologist with training in race, ethnic relations and immigration.  His research and scholarship focus on the social and economic integration of Asian Canadians and their experiences across Canadian cities.  His research has been published in International Migration Review, So...Read more

Elizabeth Hirsh

Elizabeth Hirsh

Professor

phone604-822-1934
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Other Affiliations Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Scholar and Faculty Associate

Emily Huddart Kennedy

Emily Huddart Kennedy

Associate Professor and Associate Head

phone604 822 1184
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Ethan Raker

Ethan Raker

Assistant Professor

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Ethan J. Raker is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia working in the areas of social stratification, medical sociology, and environmental sociology. His scholarship brings together various sources of novel data to examine the relationship between climate change ...Read more

Gerry Veenstra

Gerry Veenstra

Professor

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Research Area

Sociology of Health
Bio Born in southern Ontario, I received undergraduate degrees in Pure Mathematics and Sociology from the University of Waterloo and graduate degrees in Sociology from McMaster University. I am past holder of a New Investigator career award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, an Early ...Read more

Research Area

Sociology of Health

Gillian Creese

Gillian Creese

Professor | Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

Teaching Areas: Canadian Society; Feminist Research Methods; Gender and Society; Immigration and Racialization; Social Inequality

Jennifer Berdahl

Jennifer Berdahl

Professor

phone604 827 2759
location_onANSO 2212
Jennifer Berdahl (PhD, Social Psychology) is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the social psychology of gender and power at work, specializing in the relationship between organizational culture and sexual harassment. Berdah...Read more

Julian Dierkes

Julian Dierkes

Faculty Associate

phone604-822-6237
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Katherine Lyon

Katherine Lyon

Assistant Professor of Teaching

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Editor, Pedagogy Series, International Sociological Association Social Justice and Democratization Space (2020-present)   Courses: edX free course. "Social Inequality in Global Pandemics"  (register here) COVID-19 & Society (SOCI 410) Global Pandemics (Soci 290) Social In...Read more

Kerry Greer

Kerry Greer

Associate Professor of Teaching

phone604-827-0668
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Kerry Greer is the Undergraduate Chair and an Instructor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Born and raised in rural upstate New York, she attended university at the University of Portland (Oregon) earning a B.A. in Philosophy, an  M.S. in Soc...Read more

Kimberly Huyser

Kimberly Huyser

Associate Professor

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Dr. Kimberly R. Huyser is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona, USA. Dr. Huyser received her BA from Calvin University in 2003 and her Ph.D. - Sociology in 2010 from ...Read more

Laura Nelson

Laura Nelson

Assistant Professor

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I use computational methods - principally text analysis, natural language processing, machine learning, and network analysis techniques - to study social movements, culture, gender, and organizations and institutions. Substantively, her research has examined processes around the formation of collect...Read more

Lindsey Richardson

Lindsey Richardson

Associate Professor

phone604-827-5511
location_onAnSo-3125

Research Area

Sociology of Health
Lindsey Richardson is a medical sociologist whose research program is motivated by fundamental inequities in health that have social and institutional roots. Dr. Richardson links observational, intervention, and research participation studies in efforts to identify and address the causes and health ...Read more

Research Area

Sociology of Health

Michela Musto

Michela Musto

Assistant Professor

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Bio The notion of being “exceptional” permeates our daily lives. But who gets deemed exceptional, and how do these belief systems become gendered and racialized? These questions form the crux of Musto's research agenda, which uses qualitative and quantitative methods to identify how the social ...Read more

Qiang Fu

Qiang Fu

Associate Professor

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Bio I obtained my degrees from Duke University (Sociology, 2015), Peking University (Demography, 2008) and Jinan University (Computer Science, 2005), respectively. As the co-PI, I coordinated the Big Data and Computational Social Science Research Cluster at UBC. You can find my updated publication ...Read more

Renisa Mawani

Renisa Mawani

Professor

phone604 822 6494
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Teaching Areas Law and Society, Historical Methods, Social and Cultural Theory, Sociology of Knowledge and Culture, Political Philosophies of Law and Justice Other Affiliations Faculty Associate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Faculty Associate, Social Justice Institute

Rima Wilkes

Rima Wilkes

Professor | Grad Chair

phone604 822 6855
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President-Elect, Canadian Sociological Association (2017-2018) Executive Editor, Canadian Review of Sociology  (2013-2016)

Sean Lauer

Sean Lauer

Professor

phone604 822 1609
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Teaching Areas: Sociology of Community, Sociology of Friendship, Research Methods

Seth Abrutyn

Seth Abrutyn

Associate Professor

phone604-822-3845
location_onANSO-2216

Research Area

Sociology of Health
Bio Seth Abrutyn is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. His work focuses on two interrelated processes: (1) using evolutionary theory, he asks how social environments, particularly their enduring structure and culture, are built up from collective efforts to t...Read more

Research Area

Sociology of Health

Sylvia Fuller

Sylvia Fuller

Professor

phone604 822 4837
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Sylvia Fuller is a Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses primarily on understanding how entrenched patterns of inequality in the labour market develop and erode, and in the implications of changing employment relations for workers’ prospects for securit...Read more

Thomas Kemple

Thomas Kemple

Professor

phone604 822 3579
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Teaching Areas: Classical and contemporary social theory; interpretive methods; interdisciplinary approaches to the humanities and social sciences; science, technology and media studies; visual and popular culture. Most of my undergraduate and graduate courses in social theory are required for S...Read more

Tony Silva

Tony Silva

Assistant Professor

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I conduct research primarily through nationally representative surveys and qualitative interviews. Areas of research include gender, sexuality, family, and rural sociology. For a full list of publications, please see my Google Scholar profile.
Emeritus

David Schweitzer

David Schweitzer

Associate Professor Emeritus

Dawn Currie

Dawn Currie

Professor Emerita

phone604 822 3576
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Undergraduate Teaching Areas: Women in Comparative Perspective (Anth/Soc 213) Gender Relations (Anth/Soc 312) Women's Studies in the Social Sciences (WMST 322) Qualitative Research Methods (Soc 382) Feminist Theory (Soc 414) An Advanced Research Seminar in Women's Studies in the Social Science...Read more

Graham Johnson

Graham Johnson

Professor Emeritus

Early Life I was born in the northern industrial town of Sheffield, England in May 1941. I grew up in my early years in my maternal grandfather’s house in an inner-city location. My grandfather was a labourer in a large steel firm, chipping the impurities out of molten steel. All but one of my ...Read more

James White

James White

Professor Emeritus

Martha Foschi

Martha Foschi

Professor Emerita

phone604 822 3396
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Martin Meissner

Martin Meissner

Professor Emeritus

Neil Guppy

Neil Guppy

Professor Emeritus

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I am an emeritus professor in Sociology.  My most recent work examines the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning in higher education.  I am also continuing research on issues of gender and social inequality.  In 2016, I was recognized with an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian...Read more

Ralph Matthews

Ralph Matthews

Professor Emeritus

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Other Affiliations Faculty Associate, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, University of British Columbia Faculty Associate, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia Faculty Associate, Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, University of British Columbia Adjunct ...Read more

Robert Ratner

Robert Ratner

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests Critical criminology; social movements; genocide; mediation and restorative justice; deliberative democracy; long-term group interaction.
Family Studies Faculty

Anne Martin-Matthews

Anne Martin-Matthews

Professor

phone604 822 2574
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As of February 15, 2019, Anne Martin-Matthews has been appointed as Associate Vice-President Health at UBC, for a five-year term. She retains her academic appointment in Sociology and continues her research on aging and in social gerontology. In recent years, Anne has been actively engaged in academ...Read more

Becki Ross

Becki Ross

Professor | Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

phone604 822 4389
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Awards Becki was awarded the “Clio Book Prize: British Columbia,” Canadian Historical Association (CHA) at the President’s Gala, The Congress meetings, Concordia University, Montréal, May 31, 2010, in recognition of excellence in historical research and writing Other Affiliations Cross-app...Read more

Kathy Greaves

Kathy Greaves

Lecturer

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Nathanael Lauster

Nathanael Lauster

Associate Professor

phone604 827 3083
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Sociologist and sometime demographer who primarily studies housing, home, households, and cities. Award-winning author of The Death and Life of the Single Family House: Lessons from Vancouver on Building a Livable City. Principle Investigator (with Jens von Bergmann) of the CMHC-funded Metro Vancou...Read more

Neil Armitage

Neil Armitage

Lecturer

phone604-822-2632
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Bio Neil attained his PhD in Social Change from the University of Manchester in the UK. His doctoral thesis ‘The Cosmopolitan Play: A Biographical Network Approach’ explored how someone may evolve a cosmopolitan stance – an openness and willingness to engage with the ‘other’. Through anal...Read more

Oral Robinson

Oral Robinson

Lecturer | Honours Chair

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Teaching: SOCI 200: Sociology of Families SOCI 217: Research Methods SOCI 301: Development and Underdevelopment SOCI 302: Racial and Ethnic Inequality SOCI 380: Sociological Research: Survey Methods SOCI 449: Honours Tutorials

Phyllis Johnson

Phyllis Johnson

Associate Professor

phone604 822 4300
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Other Activities Editorial Board, Journal of Consumer Affairs Specialist Reviewer, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, International Migration Member, National Council on Family Relations, American Council on Consumer Interests, Association for Advances in Consume...Read more

Silvia Bartolic

Silvia Bartolic

Undergraduate Chair | Associate Professor of Teaching

phone604 827 0684
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I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and French and a Master of Arts degree in Family Studies from the University of British Columbia (UBC). I then worked as a Researcher in Distance Education and Psychiatry as well as a sessional instructor in Family Studies at UBC. After several reward...Read more

Yue Qian

Yue Qian

Associate Professor

phone604-822-9972
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Dr. Yue Qian (pronounced Yew-ay Chian) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver).Her research and teaching interests focus on social demography, family and work, gender, health and well-being, and research methods. She has conducted research in North...Read more
In Memoriam

Sinikka Elliott

Sinikka Elliott

Associate Professor | In Memoriam

Dr. Sinikka Elliott, dear colleague, friend, mentor, and teacher, was found deceased on May 15, 2021, after going missing on Salt Spring Island, BC. Dr. Elliott had an international reputation as a scholar of family, inequality, and health.  Elliott was an Associate Professor in the Department o...Read more
Postdoc Research Fellows

Francois Lachapelle

Francois Lachapelle

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

François Lachapelle (蓝不反) is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Sociology. He spent several years in China perfecting his language skills before joining the department for his graduate work in 2011. François is the co-founder and lead data scientist at relational-academia...Read more

Simon Lafontaine

Simon Lafontaine

Postdoc Research Fellow

Simon Lafontaine is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia. He graduated with a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Brussels. His work evolves around the phenomenological and constructivist traditions in the social sciences,...Read more
Sessional Instructors

Ana Vivaldi

Ana Vivaldi

Sessional Instructor

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Bio: My interdisciplinary research brings politics of indigeneity and race into inquiries on the production of space, (im)mobilities and embodiment. Through the use of ethnographic and visual methodologies, it clarifies questions surrounding indigenous sovereignties, and emergent forms of urban con...Read more

Brandy Wiebe

Brandy Wiebe

Sessional Lecturer

phone604 822 8621
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Dr. Brandy Wiebe has always been excited by the prospect of sharing her academic explorations not only with undergraduate students but also with the broader community. Her concurrent work as a sexuality educator in the community has allowed her to create highly engaging academic learning contexts th...Read more

Chris MacKenzie

Chris MacKenzie

Sessional Instructor

phone604 822 3760
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Craig Meadows

Craig Meadows

Sessional Instructor

Dan Small

Dan Small

Sessional Instructor

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Research Area

Sociology of Health
Biographical Statement Dan Small is a medical anthropologist and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He has a PhD in medical anthropology (University of British Columbia), an MPhil in circumpolar studies (University of Cambridge), an undergrad...Read more

Research Area

Sociology of Health

David Ryniker

David Ryniker

Sessional Instructor

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Education Ph.D. UBC, 2001

Debra Pentecost

Debra Pentecost

Sessional Instructor

phone604-822-5625-5
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Education Ph.D., 2002, Simon Fraser University M.A., 1989, York University B.A., 1983, Simon Fraser University

Donna Lester-Smith

Donna Lester-Smith

Sessional Instructor

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Lily Ivanova

Lily Ivanova

PhD Candidate

Lisa Richlen

Lisa Richlen

Sessional Instructor

phone236 838 5644
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Lisa Richlen, a Canadian citizen through her mother, is originally from Seattle. She lived in Israel from 2000-2021 and, from 2004-2021 worked as an employee of and a consultant for tens of social change and human rights organizations. n 2021, Richlen completed a PhD at Ben Gurion University of the ...Read more

Nathan Vadeboncouer

Nathan Vadeboncouer

Sessional Lecturer

Rafael Wainer

Rafael Wainer

Sessional Instructor

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I am a Doctor in Anthropology with a specialization on medical anthropology. My main interests are biomedical knowledge and practices, especially paediatrics; children’s experience of cancer treatment, end-of-life and palliative care, medical assistance in dying, chronicity and disability, and re...Read more

Stefano Gulmanelli

Stefano Gulmanelli

Sessional Instructor

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Education Ph.D. in Sociology and International Relations, University of South Australia, 2014 M.A. equivalent in Economic Sciences, Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy, 1984 Scientific Liceum, Liceo Scientifico Maria Luigia, Parma, Italy, 1973-1978   Fields of Interest Stefano’s m...Read more