Gerry Veenstra

Professor
phone 604 822 4351
location_on ANSO 1321
file_download Download CV

Research Area

Education

PhD, McMaster University, 1999
MA, McMaster University, 1994
BA, University of Waterloo, 1993
BMATH, University of Waterloo, 1992

About

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 Career scholar award from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, a Senior Scholar career award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and a Killam Research Fellowship from UBC.


Research

Research

I primarily study how social class, gender and racial/ethnic identity affect physical and mental health. My research is based mostly in Canada but also in the US, South Korea and Switzerland. I have received funding for my research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Public Health Agency of Canada and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada.

One of my longstanding areas of interest concerns the relationship between social class and health. For example, I have applied Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power to health-related factors, identifying six class groupings and a range of aesthetic tastes and dispositions in the Canadian field of power that illuminate the logic of health practices dispersed in the field. I have studied the health effects of the intergenerational transmission of capitals in South Korea. I have also studied interplays between capitals – economic, cultural and social – as determinants of health in Canada, Switzerland and the United States. Currently I am using fixed effects models applied to longitudinal data to investigate whether the association between family income and self-rated health in Canada is truly causal in nature (hint: it appears that it is but the effect is very weak).

In the last decade I have also contributed to the small literature on racial health inequalities in Canada. I have studied associations between health and incongruities between the racial identities people express to others and the racial identities they believe that others believe them to be, as well as the health implications of colourism, discrimination targeted at relatively darker skinned people of colour. I have investigated health inequalities by way of the racial identities (Asian, Black, South Asian, White) reported by respondents to nationally representative surveys and examined the degree to which they are inherently gendered and classed. I have most recently examined correspondences between multiracial identities and health.

I am also interested in the class bases of cultural phenomena such as musical tastes and sporting knowledge and participation. In particular, I have endeavoured to contribute to the debate regarding the relative merits of the homology approach (specific cultural tastes and practices are aligned with specific class positions) and the cultural omnivorism perspective (elites are increasingly characterized by the breadth and eclecticism of their cultural tastes and practices).


Publications

Social Class and Health

 

Racial Health Inequalities

 

Culture and Class


Graduate Supervision

Current students
Christy, Kayonne (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Jaffe, Kaitlyn (PhD Sociology; committee)
Ma, Amy (MA Music Education; committee)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Zhang, Xueqing (MA Sociology; supervisor)

Former students
Abichahine, Hayfa (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Ahmadi, Naseam (MSc Food Sciences; committee)
Bombard, Yvonne (PhD Interdisciplinary Studies; committee)
Burnett, Patrick John (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Burnett, Patrick John (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Buse, Christopher (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Capell, Jennifer (MSc Rehabilitation Sciences; committee)
Gu, Jiaxin (MA Sociology; committee)
Legun, Katharine (MA Sociology; committee)
Nannar, Rumnique (MA Journalism; committee)
Patterson, Andrew (MA Family Studies; supervisor)
Patterson, Andrew (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Shortt, Jennifer (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Valdes, Mirah (MSc Food Sciences; committee)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Wang, Zhonghao (MA Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Feng (PhD Sociology; committee)


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Gerry Veenstra

Professor
phone 604 822 4351
location_on ANSO 1321
file_download Download CV

PhD, McMaster University, 1999
MA, McMaster University, 1994
BA, University of Waterloo, 1993
BMATH, University of Waterloo, 1992

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 Career scholar award from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, a Senior Scholar career award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and a Killam Research Fellowship from UBC.

Research

I primarily study how social class, gender and racial/ethnic identity affect physical and mental health. My research is based mostly in Canada but also in the US, South Korea and Switzerland. I have received funding for my research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Public Health Agency of Canada and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada.

One of my longstanding areas of interest concerns the relationship between social class and health. For example, I have applied Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power to health-related factors, identifying six class groupings and a range of aesthetic tastes and dispositions in the Canadian field of power that illuminate the logic of health practices dispersed in the field. I have studied the health effects of the intergenerational transmission of capitals in South Korea. I have also studied interplays between capitals – economic, cultural and social – as determinants of health in Canada, Switzerland and the United States. Currently I am using fixed effects models applied to longitudinal data to investigate whether the association between family income and self-rated health in Canada is truly causal in nature (hint: it appears that it is but the effect is very weak).

In the last decade I have also contributed to the small literature on racial health inequalities in Canada. I have studied associations between health and incongruities between the racial identities people express to others and the racial identities they believe that others believe them to be, as well as the health implications of colourism, discrimination targeted at relatively darker skinned people of colour. I have investigated health inequalities by way of the racial identities (Asian, Black, South Asian, White) reported by respondents to nationally representative surveys and examined the degree to which they are inherently gendered and classed. I have most recently examined correspondences between multiracial identities and health.

I am also interested in the class bases of cultural phenomena such as musical tastes and sporting knowledge and participation. In particular, I have endeavoured to contribute to the debate regarding the relative merits of the homology approach (specific cultural tastes and practices are aligned with specific class positions) and the cultural omnivorism perspective (elites are increasingly characterized by the breadth and eclecticism of their cultural tastes and practices).

Social Class and Health

 

Racial Health Inequalities

 

Culture and Class

Current students
Christy, Kayonne (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Jaffe, Kaitlyn (PhD Sociology; committee)
Ma, Amy (MA Music Education; committee)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Zhang, Xueqing (MA Sociology; supervisor)

Former students
Abichahine, Hayfa (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Ahmadi, Naseam (MSc Food Sciences; committee)
Bombard, Yvonne (PhD Interdisciplinary Studies; committee)
Burnett, Patrick John (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Burnett, Patrick John (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Buse, Christopher (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Capell, Jennifer (MSc Rehabilitation Sciences; committee)
Gu, Jiaxin (MA Sociology; committee)
Legun, Katharine (MA Sociology; committee)
Nannar, Rumnique (MA Journalism; committee)
Patterson, Andrew (MA Family Studies; supervisor)
Patterson, Andrew (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Shortt, Jennifer (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Valdes, Mirah (MSc Food Sciences; committee)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Wang, Zhonghao (MA Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Feng (PhD Sociology; committee)

Gerry Veenstra

Professor
phone 604 822 4351
location_on ANSO 1321
file_download Download CV

PhD, McMaster University, 1999
MA, McMaster University, 1994
BA, University of Waterloo, 1993
BMATH, University of Waterloo, 1992

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 Career scholar award from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, a Senior Scholar career award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and a Killam Research Fellowship from UBC.

Research

I primarily study how social class, gender and racial/ethnic identity affect physical and mental health. My research is based mostly in Canada but also in the US, South Korea and Switzerland. I have received funding for my research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Public Health Agency of Canada and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada.

One of my longstanding areas of interest concerns the relationship between social class and health. For example, I have applied Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power to health-related factors, identifying six class groupings and a range of aesthetic tastes and dispositions in the Canadian field of power that illuminate the logic of health practices dispersed in the field. I have studied the health effects of the intergenerational transmission of capitals in South Korea. I have also studied interplays between capitals – economic, cultural and social – as determinants of health in Canada, Switzerland and the United States. Currently I am using fixed effects models applied to longitudinal data to investigate whether the association between family income and self-rated health in Canada is truly causal in nature (hint: it appears that it is but the effect is very weak).

In the last decade I have also contributed to the small literature on racial health inequalities in Canada. I have studied associations between health and incongruities between the racial identities people express to others and the racial identities they believe that others believe them to be, as well as the health implications of colourism, discrimination targeted at relatively darker skinned people of colour. I have investigated health inequalities by way of the racial identities (Asian, Black, South Asian, White) reported by respondents to nationally representative surveys and examined the degree to which they are inherently gendered and classed. I have most recently examined correspondences between multiracial identities and health.

I am also interested in the class bases of cultural phenomena such as musical tastes and sporting knowledge and participation. In particular, I have endeavoured to contribute to the debate regarding the relative merits of the homology approach (specific cultural tastes and practices are aligned with specific class positions) and the cultural omnivorism perspective (elites are increasingly characterized by the breadth and eclecticism of their cultural tastes and practices).

Social Class and Health

 

Racial Health Inequalities

 

Culture and Class

Current students
Christy, Kayonne (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Jaffe, Kaitlyn (PhD Sociology; committee)
Ma, Amy (MA Music Education; committee)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Zhang, Xueqing (MA Sociology; supervisor)

Former students
Abichahine, Hayfa (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Ahmadi, Naseam (MSc Food Sciences; committee)
Bombard, Yvonne (PhD Interdisciplinary Studies; committee)
Burnett, Patrick John (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Burnett, Patrick John (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Buse, Christopher (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Capell, Jennifer (MSc Rehabilitation Sciences; committee)
Gu, Jiaxin (MA Sociology; committee)
Legun, Katharine (MA Sociology; committee)
Nannar, Rumnique (MA Journalism; committee)
Patterson, Andrew (MA Family Studies; supervisor)
Patterson, Andrew (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Shortt, Jennifer (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Valdes, Mirah (MSc Food Sciences; committee)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (MA Sociology; supervisor)
Wang, Zhonghao (MA Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Feng (PhD Sociology; committee)