Research Interests

Cultural sociology, culture and cognition, identity, political sociology, political participation, institutions.

Current Research

My dissertation research looks at young Canadian’s paths to political participation and the ways these paths relate to socio-economic status and higher education. Additionally, I am investigating the cultural models that young Canadians use to think about politics and participation to illuminate how current cultural understandings might mediate political participation. The research is primarily qualitative in focus, gathering participant’s life histories and accounts to bring out the understandings and common themes in stories of participation, as well as the assumptions participants use to reason about political participation.

Supervisor: Neil Gross


Foroughi,B. and McCollum, E. 2010.Apprendre à Participer ou Participer pPour apprendre? La participation des locataires et la gestion du logement social à Toronto.”  Pp. 237-263 in L’habitation comme vecteur de lien social, edited by P. Morin and B. Aillergeau. Quebec: Presses de l’Universite du Quebec.

Foroughi,B. & McCollum, E. 2013. “Learning Participatory Citizenship: Exploring the informal learning of volunteers at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation” Pp. 150-167 in Volunteer Work, Informal Learning, and Social Action, edited by F. Duguid, D. Schugurensky, and K. Mundel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Schugurensky, D. & McCollum, E. 2010. “Notes in the Margin: the Social Economy in Economics and Business.” Pp 154-176 in L.Mook, J. Quarter and S. Ryan, Researching the Social Economy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Winter 2017

SOCI101 Social Interaction and Culture Sections

Culture, identity, social interaction, relationships and socialization. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 101 or SOCI 100.