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Dr. Ariel Ducey, PhD, associate professor, Faculty of Arts: Ducey, Dr. Martina Kelly, MD (family medicine) and Dr. Pratim Sengupta, PhD (learning sciences, Werklund) will examine the relationship between knowledge in the form of data, design of technologies and the sensory aspects of providing medical care.

The research project complements emerging studies of how work and services that have traditionally involved touch are being reconfigured by the emphasis on data-driven decisions and planning. The project will be a contribution to understanding, design, documenting, and archiving contemporary changes to the sensory infrastructure of our society — the nature of our embodied experiences and perceptions — and resulting effects on our behaviour toward one another and understanding of what it means to behave responsibly.

If you are a parent of a young child in Calgary, there’s a good chance you are aware, if not a user, of the many online resources for finding quick, convenient childcare. Online services connecting caregivers with clients have proliferated over the last decade, transforming the way people identify and hire caregivers for children and elderly or disabled family members.

Carieta Thomas, a doctoral student in sociology, wants to know what these transformations in caregiving mean for the often vulnerable population of Caribbean women working in that field in Canada and the United States. As one of the University of Calgary’s 2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) winners, Thomas will put her $50,000 scholarship to work in a comparative multi-level qualitative analysis of Caribbean women caregivers.

Doctoral student, Pedrom Nasiri has won the international Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Social Action Initiative Award

Doctoral student, Pedrom Nasiri has won the international Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) Social Action Initiative Award. In addition to their research project on the lifeworlds of polyqueer families in Canada, Pedrom will now be conducting an intensive study of the social resilience of women in polyqueer families. This research, once compete, will be publicly available and disseminated widely across the United States and Canada, in addition to being featured prominently with SWS.

Doctoral student, Carieta Thomas has won the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship from SSHRC for her work on the effects of immigration laws and pre-screening technologies used by private employers on undocumented Caribbean women careworkers in the U.S. and Canada. This is one of the most prestigious graduate scholarships in Canada and Carieta is one of the 5 students, in the last four years, to win it at the University of Calgary in the SSHRC stream. Congratulations Carieta! We are proud of you.

It is with heavy hearts that the members of the Department of Sociology, at the University of Calgary, reach out to the Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our campus community and beyond. We are horrified that George Floyd lost his life at the hands of the police and recognize this as a sign and symptom of pervasive, systemic, anti-black racism, in both the USA and Canada. We mourn the loss of Black, Brown, and Indigenous lives to racial terrorism and racial injustices, including police brutality. Black lives matter and we stand steadfast in the fight to resist racial injustices and to share the vision of a just world.


For Dr. Jenny Godley, Ph.D, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and current chair of UCalgary’s Conjoint Faculty Research Ethics Board (CFREB), and Kate Williams, manager, research ethics and compliance in research services, receiving a ii’ taa’poh’to’p Intercultural Capacity Building Grant in 2019 meant they could bring much-needed training on Indigenous research processes and data dissemination to the ethics unit

Canada’s Legal Pasts presents new essays on a range of topics and episodes in Canadian legal history, provides an introduction to legal methodologies, shows researchers new to the field how to locate and use a variety of sources, and includes a combined bibliography arranged to demonstrate best practices in gathering and listing primary sources. It is an essential welcome for scholars who wish to learn about Canada’s legal pasts—and why we study them.

Negin Saheb Javaher, M.A. student won the Graduate Students' Association, Excellence in Research Award for exemplary performance on her own research and as a research assistant on her supervisor’s SSHRC project.

Isabel Fandino, M.A. student placed third in the Graduate Student Association, Excellence in Research Award competition and received an honorable mention for exemplary research mentorship of other graduate students.

Pallavi Banerjee, received an honorable mention for the Graduate Student Association, Excellence in Supervision Award.

On January 15th, a Retirement Celebration was held for Tom Langford and Lloyd Wong. Lloyd retired July 31, 2019 and Tom retired December 31, 2019. Both were important members of the Sociology Department. We will miss seeing them on a daily basis. We wish them all the best in this new, exciting phase of their lives. 

Thank you to everyone who attended this lovely event.

Each year, deans are invited to nominate scholars from their faculty who have demonstrated excellence in startup ventures, commercialization, knowledge or technology transfer, community engagement, social innovation or research collaboration. 

The Prairie Regional Research Data Centre (PRRDC) in the Taylor Family Digital Library has a new academic director, Dr. Abdie Kazemipur, professor in the Department of Sociology and Chair of Ethnic Studies at UCalgary. He previously served as Stephen Jarislowsly Chair in Culture Change and Immigration at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was the founding academic director of the research data centres at the University of Lethbridge and Memorial University. 

Dr. Pallavi Banerjee, won the 2019 "Honorable Mention” for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award Committee

Dr. Pallavi Banerjee, won the 2019 "Honorable Mention” for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award Committee at American Sociological Association (ASA) Race, Gender and Class Section which is the second largest section at the ASA for her paper “Intersectionality and Subversive Self-Employment Among Dependent Visas Holders in the United States” published in the American Behavioral Scientist.

The DL Mills Award is granted to a PhD student who “did excellent work in the 2018/2019 academic year.” We are pleased to announce that Mabel Teye-Kau received the 2018/2019 DL Mills award for the excellent paper she wrote in Dr. Curtis’ 611 class in the fall 2018 semester. 

Alicia Clifford won the Canadian Sociological Association's Angus Reid Award for 2019.

Angus Reid Applied Sociology Awards:
Practitioner: Dr. Becki Ross, University of British Columbia and Jamie Lee Hamilton
Student: Alicia Clifford, University of Calgary

To view the complete list of the 2019 and 2018 Canadian Sociology Award Recipients, please visit this link

GREATsupervisor Awards

Every year, FGS asks all graduate programs to nominate supervisors who are particularly worthy of recognition in their work with their students. Lisa Young, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dave Hansen present the nominated supervisors with a ‘GREATsupervisor’ mug at the annual ‘mugging’ event. Sociology's Dr. Tom Langford was recognized this year with a Great Supervisor award. Congratulations, Dr. Langford!