Morton Weinfeld


ProfessorProfessor Morton Weinfeld

Department of Sociology
Stephen Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7

morton.weinfeld [at] (Email)

Departmental Profile

(PhD, Harvard University, 1977; EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1973; BA, McGill University, 1970). Professor, at McGill since 1977 and Chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies.

Professor Weinfeld holds the Chair in Canadian Ethnic Studies, and directs the minor program in Canadian Ethnic Studies. He is the winner of the 2013 Marshall Sklare Prize for outstanding career  contributions to the field by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. Among his recent publications are an edited collection The Jews in Canada, with Robert Brym and William Shaffir, 2nd edition, (Oxford, 2010); Like Everyone Else But Different: The paradoxical success of Canadian Jews (McClelland and Stewart, 2001) which was featured in One Hundred Great Jewish Books, by Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman (Blue Bridge, 2011), Still Moving: Recent Jewish Migration in Comparative Perspective, with Daniel Elazar (Transaction, 2000); Ethnicity, Politics, and Public Policy, with Harold Troper (University of Toronto Press, 1999), and Who Speaks for Canada? with Desmond Morton (McClelland and Stewart, 1998). He has published Old Wounds: Jews, Ukrainians and the Hunt for Nazi War Criminals in Canada (with Harold Troper), Viking/Penguin, 1988, a case study of ethnicity and public policy. In 1989 he published Trauma and Rebirth: Intergenerational Effects of the Holocaust (with John J. Sigal), Praeger, 1989. He wrote The Social Costs of Discrimination in Canada, a research report for the (Abella) Royal Commission on Equality in Employment, 1983.

Current research and thesis supervision interests are in areas of ethnicity and public policy, notably the role of minority-origin professionals in various policy domains. Professor Weinfeld has taught undergraduate courses on the sociology of ethnic relations, Jews in North America, an undergraduate seminar in Canadian ethnic studies and graduate seminars on the sociology of ethnic conflict, and social inequality and public policy.