Gerry Veenstra

Professor
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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.


Teaching


Research

Research

I primarily study how social class, socioeconomic status and racial/ethnic identity are associated with physical and mental health. My research is based mostly in Canada but also in China, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. I have received funding 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 (or socioeconomic status) and health. For example, I have applied Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power to health-related factors, identifying 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 also studied interplays between capitals – economic, cultural and social – as determinants of health in Canada, Switzerland and the United States. Recently I have used fixed effects models applied to panel data to investigate whether associations between family income and self-rated health and mental health in Canada are causal in nature. I have also studied the health effects of intergenerational socioeconomic reproduction in Canada, China, South Korea and Switzerland and the health effects of intergenerational mobility in Canada.

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 intersect with gender and immigrant status. I have most recently examined correspondences between multiracial identities and health.

In recent years I have also combined my interests in social class and racial health inequalities under the auspices of intersectionality theory, examining whether “intersections” between ‘race,’ class, gender and sexuality are associated with health and health-related practices in Canada.

Finally, I am 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, Socioeconomic Status and Health

Racial Health Inequalities

Intersectionality and Health

Culture and Class


Graduate Supervision

Current students
Sutherland, D. Kyle (PhD Sociology; committee)

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)
Christy, Kayonne (MA Sociology; co-supervisor)
Gu, Jiaxin (MA Sociology; committee)
Jaffe, Kaitlyn (PhD Sociology; committee)
Legun, Katharine (MA Sociology; committee)
Ma, Amy (MA Educational Studies; 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)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Wang, Zhonghao (MA Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Feng (PhD Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Xueqing (MA Sociology; supervisor)


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Gerry Veenstra

Professor
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.


Teaching


Research

Research

I primarily study how social class, socioeconomic status and racial/ethnic identity are associated with physical and mental health. My research is based mostly in Canada but also in China, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. I have received funding 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 (or socioeconomic status) and health. For example, I have applied Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power to health-related factors, identifying 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 also studied interplays between capitals – economic, cultural and social – as determinants of health in Canada, Switzerland and the United States. Recently I have used fixed effects models applied to panel data to investigate whether associations between family income and self-rated health and mental health in Canada are causal in nature. I have also studied the health effects of intergenerational socioeconomic reproduction in Canada, China, South Korea and Switzerland and the health effects of intergenerational mobility in Canada.

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 intersect with gender and immigrant status. I have most recently examined correspondences between multiracial identities and health.

In recent years I have also combined my interests in social class and racial health inequalities under the auspices of intersectionality theory, examining whether “intersections” between ‘race,’ class, gender and sexuality are associated with health and health-related practices in Canada.

Finally, I am 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, Socioeconomic Status and Health

Racial Health Inequalities

Intersectionality and Health

Culture and Class


Graduate Supervision

Current students
Sutherland, D. Kyle (PhD Sociology; committee)

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)
Christy, Kayonne (MA Sociology; co-supervisor)
Gu, Jiaxin (MA Sociology; committee)
Jaffe, Kaitlyn (PhD Sociology; committee)
Legun, Katharine (MA Sociology; committee)
Ma, Amy (MA Educational Studies; 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)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Wang, Zhonghao (MA Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Feng (PhD Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Xueqing (MA Sociology; supervisor)


Google Scholar


Gerry Veenstra

Professor
location_on ANSO 1321
Research Area
Education

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

file_download Download CV
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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.

Teaching keyboard_arrow_down
Research keyboard_arrow_down

Research

I primarily study how social class, socioeconomic status and racial/ethnic identity are associated with physical and mental health. My research is based mostly in Canada but also in China, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States. I have received funding 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 (or socioeconomic status) and health. For example, I have applied Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic power to health-related factors, identifying 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 also studied interplays between capitals – economic, cultural and social – as determinants of health in Canada, Switzerland and the United States. Recently I have used fixed effects models applied to panel data to investigate whether associations between family income and self-rated health and mental health in Canada are causal in nature. I have also studied the health effects of intergenerational socioeconomic reproduction in Canada, China, South Korea and Switzerland and the health effects of intergenerational mobility in Canada.

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 intersect with gender and immigrant status. I have most recently examined correspondences between multiracial identities and health.

In recent years I have also combined my interests in social class and racial health inequalities under the auspices of intersectionality theory, examining whether “intersections” between ‘race,’ class, gender and sexuality are associated with health and health-related practices in Canada.

Finally, I am 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 keyboard_arrow_down

Social Class, Socioeconomic Status and Health

Racial Health Inequalities

Intersectionality and Health

Culture and Class

Graduate Supervision keyboard_arrow_down

Current students
Sutherland, D. Kyle (PhD Sociology; committee)

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)
Christy, Kayonne (MA Sociology; co-supervisor)
Gu, Jiaxin (MA Sociology; committee)
Jaffe, Kaitlyn (PhD Sociology; committee)
Legun, Katharine (MA Sociology; committee)
Ma, Amy (MA Educational Studies; 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)
Vanzella Yang, Adam (PhD Sociology; supervisor)
Wang, Zhonghao (MA Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Feng (PhD Sociology; committee)
Zhang, Xueqing (MA Sociology; supervisor)