Professor Guppy teaches Introductory Sociology and pursues research in the broad areas of social inequality and education.


He is currently the Senior Advisor to the Provosts, Academic Freedom. In this position he is charged with deepening the conversation around academic freedom at both UBC campuses while also providing educational materials useful to expanding our collective understanding of, and practices related to, academic freedom.


He continues as a Professor in Sociology and a UBC Sustainability Fellow. In the latter role, he works closely with Professor David Tindall (Sociology) on curriculum programming in the UBC Faculty of Arts.


In 2016, Professor Guppy was recognized with an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociological Association. At the same time an article he co-authored with Nicole Luongo, written when she was a UBC undergraduate student, won the Association’s Outstanding Paper Award: “The Rise and Stall of Canada’s Gender-equity Revolution”  Canadian Review of Sociology, 2015 (an award shared with colleagues Sylvia Fuller and Natasha Stecy-Hilderbrant for a separate paper they wrote). He is also the recipient of both a UBC Killam Teaching Prize as well as a Killam Research Prize.


Research Interests:


Currently I am working on several projects:


  1. Sociology and Academic Freedom: how does the discipline of sociology relate to the values and practices of academic freedom.
  2. Case Studies in International Education: western universities have adopted a range of new models in the recruitment and retention of international students. This project examines twelve cases from Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
  3. Future Lives of Sociology Graduates: a project exploring what life trajectories people follow after obtaining a BA in Sociology (with Frank, Greer and Malette).

Nicole Malette and Guppy, Neil. 2017. “Educational Attainment among Canadians: Open and Competitive or Closed and Sponsored?” pp. 104-112 in Ed Grabb, Monica Hwang, and Jeffrey Reitz Social Inequality in Canada, Oxford U. Press.

Guppy, Neil. 2017. “Age and Social Inequality?” pp. 248-257 in Ed Grabb, Monica Hwang, and Jeffrey Reitz Social Inequality in Canada, Oxford U. Press.

Villar, Paz and Neil Guppy “Gendered Science: Representational Dynamics in British Columbia Science Textbooks over the Last Half Century” Canadian Journal of Education Vol 38(3), 1-14, 2016.

Lyon, Katherine and Neil Guppy “Enhancing Student Compositional Diversity in the Sociology ClassroomTeaching Sociology Vol 44(2), 106-117, 2016.

Guppy, Neil and Nicole Luongo, “The Rise and Stall of the Gender Equity Revolution in CanadaCanadian Review of Sociology, 52(3): 241-65, 2015.

Guppy, Neil Edward Grabb, and Clayton Mollica “The Canada Foundation for Innovation, Sociology of Knowledge, and the Re-engineering of the University” Canadian Public Policy Vol. 39(1), 1-19, 2013.

Guppy, N. and K. Lyon “Multiculturalism, Education Practices and Colonial Legacies: The Case of Canada” in C. Kassimeris and M. Vryonides (eds.) The Politics of Education: Challenging Multiculturalism New York: Routledge, 2012, Pp. 114-135.

Davies, Scott and Neil Guppy The Schooled Society: An Introduction to the Sociology of Education 3rd edition, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Ritzer, George and Neil Guppy  Introduction to Sociology: Canadian Version Sage Publications, 2014.


Winter 2017

SOCI100 Introduction to Sociology Sections

Introduction to problems in the analysis of social structures and processes. Basic sociological concepts will be introduced and their application demonstrated in various areas of sociology. Credit will be granted for only one of SOCI 100 or both SOCI 101, SOCI 102.

Education, Introductory Sociology, Social Inequality.

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B.A., B.PHE. Queen’s University
M.Sc., Ph.D. University of Waterloo