Prof. Amy Hanser on Racism vs. Xenophobia – where’s the line? Article by Lauren Sundstrom, in the Vancity Buzz. On Sunday evening, Vancity Buzz published a piece that described a message written on the back of a truck as “racist.” The message read: “Say no to China crap…. [View full article.]

Prof. Amy Hanser and Food Trucks, article in THE UBYSSEY “Students study food trucks in the Sociology of Food” by Paula Duhatschek. Walking in downtown Vancouver it sometimes feels like you can’t turn a corner without hitting an artisanal food truck. The City of Vancouver reported that, as of April 2013 we have over 100 street food vendors “providing nutritious and ethnically diverse food in […]

Phd Candidate Zachary Hyde wins ASA award for Best Student Paper From the Consumers & Consumption Section for his paper on “Omnivorous Gentrification: Restaurant Reviews and Neighborhood Change in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver” published in City & Community. See write-up here (p. 3)

PhD Student Heather Holroyd co-authors paper on Bathing in Residential Care See the paper in the journal “Quality in Ageing and Older Adults.”

Prof. Gerry Veenstra’s work links musical taste with social class & gains wide media exposure Prof. Veenstra’s work, “Class Position and Musical Tastes: A Sing off…,” published in the Canadian Review of Sociology (ed. Rima Wilkes), has been picked up internationally by numerous media outlets, including: 1. Vancouver Sun 2. CBC 3. Yahoo! 4. Georgia Straight 5. Van City Buzz 6. The Daily Mail 7. Zee News 8. Economic Times […]

Prof. Wendy Roth wins book prize for ‘Race Migrations’ Prof. Wendy Roth has won the Isis Duarte Prize in Dominican, Haitian, or Dominican-Haitian Transnational Studies from the Latin American Studies Association Haiti-Dominican Republic Section, for her book Race Migrations: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race, published by Stanford University Press. Available at

Grad Student Seonok Lee selected as research associate at the UofT Centre for Social Policy Graduate Student Seonok Lee has been selected as a research associate for “Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care Doctoral Associate Program” at the Center for Social Policy (University of Toronto). She will receive funds for an academic journal publication and dissertation writing (from June 1, 2015), and will present her research in a conference in 2015 […]

Prof. Becki Ross comments in UBYSSEY article “Vancouver groups trying to create transition program for sex workers” Several organizations in Vancouver are working together to create a means for sex workers to leave the profession if they want to. “Because most sex workers don’t have pensions or robust savings plans, and some carry the burden of a damning criminal record, exiting for many is not straightforward”… [Read full article.]

Sociology Department Receives Artwork Donation The UBC Sociology Department has just received the painting “Fire and Fantasy” by Daphne Naegele.  It is being donated by Jennifer Wade and her family in memory of Daphne Naegele, who was passionate about the arts.  Daphne’s husband, Kaspar Naegele, joined the (then named) Department of Anthropology and Sociology at UBC in 1954. Here he […]

Prof. Sylvia Fuller speaks to the CBC re Mother’s Day and work With mothers at the forefront of everyone’s minds this weekend … it would be nice if employers would be more conscious of mothers and their responsibilities all year round… [View article.]