Acknowledged as the "founding father" of political polling in Quebec, Emeritus Professor Maurice Pinard published a book Nationalist Movements Explained: Comparisons from Canada, Belgium, Spain, and Switzerland.
Assistant Professor Luca Pesando was awarded the Best PhD Dissertation Prize in Demography by the Italian Statistical Society. This prize was instituted in the memory of Valeria Solesin, an Italian Sociologist and Demographer working in France, who lost her life in the 2015 terrorist attack in Paris.
McGill’s Department of Sociology expresses full support for the ongoing protests against police brutality and institutionalized racism in the aftermath of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and too many others. We, the faculty, are in awe of and inspired by the peaceful mobilization against racism around the world and feel that this is an important time for self-reflection and listening.
By giving women access to information they otherwise wouldn’t have, mobile phones are transforming lives. Putting smart phones in women’s hands could be a powerful tool to support sustainable development goals in the developing world, according to researchers from McGill University, University of Oxford and Bocconi University.
Two former PhD students - Yesim Bayar and Luyang Zhou –both published a major article in Journal of Historical Sociology. Dr. Zhou's "After Empire: The Breakup of the Soviet Military System" and Dr. Bayar's "The League of Nations, Minorities, and Post-Imperial Turkey" can be found using the assigned hyperlinks.
Professor Amélie Quesnel-Vallée received a major SSHRC – Partnership grant for her multi-year project CAnD3. The Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3) will collaboratively develop, implement and deliver an innovative training program, Population Analytics in an Aging Society, to complement formal training in population research with skills to support evidence-informed decision-making.
Rebecca Daviddi and Daniel Sailofsky won a PhD scholarship from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et Culture (FRQSC).
Associate Professor of Sociology Zoua Vang was awarded a William Dawson Chair in recognition of her valuable work on immigration, ethnicity, and Indigenous health.
PhD candidate Alicia Poole, currently working with Professor Jennifer Elrick, received the Outstanding Conference Paper Award at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
With the retirement of Connie DiGiuseppe in late 2019 as Area Manager for Student Affairs, the administrative centre of History and Classical Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Jewish Studies says a farewell to a superb and beloved administrator. In her 31 years at McGill, Connie DiGiuseppe worked for the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Student Affairs Area, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Anthropology, and eventually for the administrative centre of four departments.
Spending on advertising by major oil corporations has reached an all-time high over the past decade. In a recent paper in Climatic Change, researchers from McGill, Brown and Rutgers Universities tried to determine the factors that might explain this increase (from an average total annual expenditure of $35 million between 1986-1996 for the five biggest companies together to an average of $217 million annually between 2008-2016 for the same companies).
Professor Morton Weinfeld has been appointed Chair of Statistics Canada’s new “Expert Advisory Committee on Immigration and Ethnocultural Statistics”.
Professor Morton Weinfeld gave a talk at the 5th SD Clark Symposium, Racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism, and the future of Canadian Society, at the University of Toronto.
On September 27, 2019, Axel van den Berg received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Stockholm for his work on economic sociology, the sociology of the welfare state and labour markets, and sociological theory and for his contributions to sociological research and teaching at the University of Stockholm.
Professor Eran Shor was awarded the Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching. The Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching, was established to recognize educators who have distinguished themselves both in their teaching abilities and in their ability to motivate their students. Detailed article and photo (right hand side) available here.