UBC Sociology is hiring for two new tenure-track positions!

UBC Sociology is hiring for two new tenure-track positions!

See job ads for positions as:

1) Head of the Sociology Department and

2) Assistant Professor in Sociology of Family

Prof. Nathan Lauster on CTV News talking about the need for more purpose-built rental housing

Prof. Yue Qian on Roundhouse Radio with Janice and Cory talking about China’s turn to a two-child policy

Prof. Rima Wilkes featured in Global National talking about National Geographic’s acknowledgment of racist past coverage.

Prof. Sinikka Elliott featured in U.S. News

on how poor, minority moms face close scrutiny over kids’ weight: “Poor, Minority Moms Face Tough Judgments Over Kids’ Weight”

Prof. David Tindall on CBC On the Coast talking about pipeline protests (1:27:25 mark)

Prof. David Tindall interviewed by CBC News

about social movements in light of recent pipeline protests in B.C.

Tindall states that “Certain provinces like B.C. and Quebec are much more concerned about this issue, and much more opposed to the pipelines.”

Prof. Amy Hanser’s work on consumerism, ageism, and gender equality in China

prominently featured in the popular Chinese blog “Jemian Culture” (in Chinese)

Watch Laura Hamilton’s Seminar Series, “College Outsourced? The Family-University Partnership and Its Costs”

Prof. Yue Qian writes about China’s new two-child policy and the need for childcare

In The Conversation.

Prof Sinikka Elliott’s research on poverty and scrutiny over children’s weight

in the Surrey Now-Leader news

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UBC Sociology Graduate Patricia Louie is featured in the Vancouver Sun.

The Vancouver Sun reported on Louie’s study that examined the implications of lack of diversity in medical textbooks. Louie is now a PhD sociology candidate at the University of Toronto.

Similar stories appeared in The Province and Global.

Prof. David Tindall in CBC News

On Pink Shirt Day and corporate activism: “Can corporate sponsors make a difference?”

Prof. Nathan Lauster’s invited talk for the Vancouver Historical Society about his book, the Death and Life of the Single-Family House

Prof. Nathan Lauster in CBC News

talking about the replacement of low-rise rental with high-rise condos in Burnaby

Prof. Nathan Lauster on the Jill Bennett Show (CKNW) talking about the Death and Life of the Single-Family House

Prof. Yue Qian’s research featured in the International Business Times.

The IB Times cited Qian’s research which showed that China’s two-child policy could be making gender inequality worse: “Gender Inequality In China Could Be Worsened By Two-Child Policy.”

Watch Viviane Namaste’s Naegele Lecture, “‘Sa w pa konnen pi gran pase w’ Knowledge of the history of AIDS and the case of Haitians in Montréal”

Prof. Yue Qian’s research featured in UBC News.

Qian’s research suggests that China’s new two-child policy has implications for gender equality in urban China, where motherhood contributes to the gender pay gap: “China’s two-child policy may exacerbate gender inequality.”

Prof. Guy Stecklov’s research

on the impact of incentives on survey data was featured in a World Bank blog post: “If you pay your survey respondents, you just might get a different answer.”

View blog post here

View Professor Stecklov’s paper here

Prof. Nathan Lauster in the news on housing in Vancouver

in the run-up to his Feb 22 talk at the Vancouver Historical Society, with appearances in Spacing Vancouver and CBC News.

Prof. Nathan Lauster on CBC Early Edition talking about his book and the new BC Budget (2:19:00 mark)

Prof. Nathan Lauster in Metro News

highlighting domestic speculation and investment in Vancouver’s Real Estate market.

New Instructor Position (tenure-track) Applications due March 19th.

Instructor, tenure-track

Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia

The Department of Sociology is pleased to announce a new Instructor (tenure-track) position. Job posting pasted below and at the following link:  www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/28967

The University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Instructor position to be held in the Department of Sociology (www.soci.ubc.ca).  The position offers opportunities for a sociologist to pursue a career in teaching and educational leadership at the university level, with engagement in innovative curriculum design and pedagogy in a collaborative teaching and learning community. This position has been created to support a partnership between the Department of Sociology and Vantage College.

Vantage College offers first-year curriculum in a cohort learning program to academically strong international students whose English language proficiency does not yet meet the English language requirements for direct admission into UBC. Students take courses in one of Vantage College’s four streams (Arts, Science, Engineering, or Management) before transferring into second year in their degree program. The primary goals of the Vantage College curriculum are: (1) to encourage students’ cultural, linguistic and academic engagement in disciplinary communities and (2) to maximize students’ successful transition to year two in the Faculties of Arts, Science, Applied Science, or Management. Instructors in Vantage College work with peers from departments across faculties to develop, implement, and share innovative teaching practices and curricula.

The ideal candidate would be a broadly trained sociologist, able to design and teach innovative courses in Sociology. The standard expectation for teaching for educational leadership faculty in the Faculty of Arts is 18 credits per year. The successful candidate is expected to dedicate two-thirds of their teaching towards the Vantage One Arts program in UBC’s Vantage College (https://vantagecollege.ubc.ca).  Teaching assignments for Vantage College will include first-year level sociology courses (typically, SOCI 101: Social Interaction and Culture and SOCI 102: Inequality and Social Change). Teaching assignments for the Sociology Department may also include more senior undergraduate Sociology courses, and thus an ability to teach several 300- and 400-level courses would be expected. For information on the range of course offerings, visit: http://soci.ubc.ca/undergraduate-program/courses/.

Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. before commencing the position and experience teaching undergraduate courses in sociology. Individuals with strong, demonstrable commitments to achieving excellence in teaching and academic supervision of undergraduate students, as well as to making substantial contributions to curriculum development and course design, are encouraged to apply.  Experience in teaching international undergraduate students, engaging with professional associations that support Sociology education, as well as experience with research in pedagogy, Sociology curriculum development, and integration of innovative teaching practices and technologies into the curriculum are highly desirable.  The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching, educational leadership, and service across both units. Service will include responsibility for some administrative work related to the undergraduate programs in both units.

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association. For a description of the Instructor rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/collective-agreements/appointment-faculty. For information about educational leadership at UBC, visit: http://ctlt.ubc.ca/programs/all-our-programs/teaching-and-educational-leadership/.

The expected starting date is July 1, 2018. Applicants should apply through the UBC faculty careers website www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/28967 and be prepared to upload the following documents in the order listed: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests and orientation, evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as course outlines and student evaluations), and a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to integrating consideration of diversity into their teaching practice, along with their ability to work with an international student body. Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted directly by their referees via email to soci.head(at)ubc.ca, with the applicant’s name and “Instructor position” in the subject line. All application materials and reference letters should be submitted by March 19, 2018. Review of applications will begin soon after March 19 and will continue until the position is filled.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Undergrad Veronica Cho interviewed by Global BC

on stress felt by young people and how parents can help: “Tips on how parents can help their children deal with stress”

Congratulations Prof. Emeritus Yun-Shik Chang on the release of his new book,

“The Personalist Ethic and the Rise of Urban Korea.” Available now on amazon.

Prof. Nathan Lauster in Metro News

Talking about the new CMHC Report on housing price escalation in major metro areas in Canada

Prof. Nathan Lauster in CBC News

talking about how millennials are finding creative solutions to deal with the high cost of living: “Millennials find creative solutions to rental woes.”

Watch Olli Pyyhtinen’s Seminar Series “From Trash to Treasure: The Valuation of Waste in Dumpster Diving”

Prof. Yue Qian in the Georgia Straight

addressing the question: Why Don’t More Women Make the First Move in Dating?

New Lecturer Positions (one in Sociology, one in Family Studies) Applications due March 2.

Lecturer (Sociology): view job posting at www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/28816

Lecturer (Family Studies):  view job posting at www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/28817

Prof. Rima Wilkes assisted in the research for CBC Radio One program, “Common Ground: How First Nations and newcomers are building relationships in Canada.”

Prof. Rima Wilkes discusses Canadian Sociology with other sociologists across the country on Sociocast

Prof. David Tindall responds to op-en in the Vancouver Sun

that criticized some teachers for “blurring the line between teaching and brainwashing.” Tindall states that, “For many topics, such as public health, it would be strange to talk about the cause of problems without talking about solutions.”

Tindall’s letter is second on the page.

Prof. Nathan Lauster on CBC “On The Coast” talking about foreign vs. local real estate speculation (1:51:35 mark)

Prof. Nathan Lauster in CBC News

talking about why the focus on foreign buyers as drivers of housing problems is problematic

Watch Michaela Desoucey’s Seminar Series, “Gastropolitics and Contested Tastes” Here

Prof. Lindsey Richardson in The Conversation

talking about addressing socio-economic drivers of overdose risk alongside acute overdose response: “How to stop overdoses? Prevent them to begin with.”

Prof. Nathan Lauster in Metro News

talking about foreign ownership and speculation in housing

Sociology PhD Candidate Zachary Hyde in the Vancouver Courier

talking about the ‘symbolic cannibalism’ of local commercial developments

Undergraduate student Andy Holmes interviewed by Daily Xtra

regarding his research about police in Vancouver’s Pride parade: “Vancouver Pride stands firm in decision to support marginalized LGBT people and ban uniformed police.”

Prof. Anne Martin-Matthews appointed Officer of the Order of Canada!

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Prof. Martin-Matthews was appointed in recognition of her extensive research contributions to the field of gerontology, notably in implementing the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.

Prof. Nathan Lauster in the Vancouver Sun

talking about the latest data on resident and non-resident owners of dwellings in Vancouver and across Canada

Prof. Nathan Lauster interviewed at the BC Non-Profit Housing Association meetings in Richmond

Prof. Yue Qian interviewed by People Magazine (China)

talking about gender inequality in China (in Chinese)

UBC Public Sociologists: Grad Students David Champagne, Kate Dalrymple, and Biao Zheng Publish Op-eds

Students in Amin Ghaziani’s Qualitative Data Analysis and Professional Writing Seminar respond to the call for a more public sociology by translating—and publishing—the findings of their course-related research in prominent media outlets, including:

David Champagne thinks about green city policies in Canada.

Kate Dalrymple explores how women make decisions about birth control.

Biao Zheng investigates Beijing’s household registration policy and its implication for immigration.

Congratulations David, Kate, and Biao!

Hon Prof. Francesco Duina Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun “Why are the Poor so Patriotic?”

Hon. Prof. Francesco Duina chats with listeners about his book “Broke & Patriotic”, on Maine Public Radio.

Prof Lindsey Richardson and Post-Doc Jenna van Draanen in The Province

discussing how addressing the overdose crisis means addressing systemic socio-economic issues that increase overdose risk

Prof. Rima Wilkes in Science Magazine:

talking about what career items are on her holiday wish list. Wilkes hopes that “everyone could have that exciting ‘aha’ feeling of discovery that, in my opinion, is the most wonderful part of our job.”

Prof. Phyllis Johnson in the Globe & Mail

talking about the culture that develops around living aboard the International Space Station

Prof. Phyllis Johnson on CBC News talking about her research on being “At Home in Space” (@ 42.00 mark)

Prof. Nathan Lauster on Vancouver Real Estate podcast, talking about the City’s new housing strategy

Prof. Becki Ross on the CBC talking about the Prime Minister’s apology to Canada’s Queer Community

Prof. Phyllis Johnson featured on CBC News

in an article devoted to her project on “At Home in Space”

Prof. Nathan Lauster on Global News talking about Canada’s new National Housing Policy

Prof. Nathan Lauster in the Vancouver Sun

talking with Randy Shore about multigenerational households

Prof. Anne Martin-Matthews has received the Killam Award for Excellence in Mentoring (senior category)

Prof. Sylvia Fuller on Roundhouse Radio talking with Gene Valaitis about new policy on immigration, disability, and human rights

Prof. Rima Wilkes in Science Magazine

referencing the colonial origins of Thanksgiving

Prof. Nathan Lauster sees his shadow on National Housing Day

Discussing new national policy and right to housing in The Tyee and new City of Vancouver housing policy in The Vancouver Sun.

See also his earlier commentary on “The Housing Supply Myth” in The Globe & Mail and a follow-up piece in Vancouver’s Metro News.

Missed a Talk? Watch the 2017/2018 Seminar Series Talks here…


Gary Fine (Northwestern), Group Pleasures: Collaborative Commitments, Shared Narrative, and the Sociology of Fun

Douglas John McAdam (Stanford), Putting Trump in Historic Perspective: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America and Today

Clayton Childress (Toronto), Under The Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel

Prof. Nathan Lauster in the Vancouver Sun

discussing rents in Vancouver in global comparison

Prof. Neil Guppy talks to Globe and Mail

about the shelving of UBC’s proposed new freedom of expression statement: “UBC shelves new freedom of expression statement.”

Clayton Childress’ Seminar Series lecture, “Under The Cover: The Creation, Production, and Reception of a Novel,”

is happening Tuesday, October 31st, at 11:00 in room 2107.

Prof. Nathan Lauster talks to Global News about rental affordability

as measured across Metro Vancouver in new Census 2016 results

Prof. Rima Wilkes in Vancouver Sun

On Aboriginal population growth in BC

Prof. Nathan Lauster on CBC Early Edition, talking about Census 2016 figures on renting & owning in Vancouver (1:42:15 mark)

Sociology PhD Candidate Cary Wu interviewed about his award-winning research

on immigration and trust in the Canadian Population Studies newsletter (p. 10-12)

Prof. Nathan Lauster talks about the newest Census data on immigration with local CBC Radio shows across Canada

Including afternoon shows in: Toronto, London, St. John’s, Halifax, New Brunswick, Cape Breton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Calgary, and Montreal.

PhD Alumni Helen Frouhard-Dourlent on Radio Canada talking about experiences of transgendered people in the health care system. (Scroll down to “Étude sur les transgenres et le système de santé”)

Hon. Prof. Francesco Duina op-ed in both Vancouver Sun & Province “Trump’s simplistic view of trade could hurt everyone”

Prof. Nathan Lauster talks with CBC On The Coast about housing as an election issue in Vancouver (@ 1:40:00 mark)

Prof. Nathan Lauster in Metro News

On housing disputes and evictions from “illegal” secondary suites in Surrey

Interested in a Minor in Family Studies? Learn more about the program here

Prof. Nathan Lauster on Roundhouse Radio with Gene Valaitis talking about what’s going on in Vancouver’s bedrooms

Prof. Nathan Lauster talking with Roundhouse Radio’s “Real Estate Therapist” about housing

UBC Sociologists Nathan Lauster and Julian Dierkes featured in Vancouver Sun

On why Vancouver has so many mansions, and how people are finding creative ways to use them.

Prof. Rima Wilkes featured in Science Magazine,

talking about how to budget your grant proposal.

Prof. Nathan Lauster in CBC News Analysis

discussing the problematic nature of Canada’s National Occupancy Standards for bedroom sharing

Prof. Richard Carpiano on CBC News

talking about burnout in the workplace

Sociology Street-Runners – race and raise funds for downtown Eastside

Members of the Department of Sociology competed on Saturday in the Eastside 10K, a charity run that generates donations towards key organizations in the Downtown Eastside. Congrats Sociology faculty and staff!


Prof. Seth Abrutyn has been elected

to the American Sociological Review editorial board for a three year term.

Prof. Catherine Corrigall-Brown talks about igniting a passion through her teaching for UBC Arts

UBC Sociology is hiring two tenure track positions:

in Sociology of Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Sociology. Deadline Sept. 15th. Click on a position for more details.

Prof. Nathan Lauster in The Globe & Mail

talking about how people fit all their stuff into apartments in Vancouver

Prof. Sylvia Fuller interviewed by Chatelaine on why most women would not want to take their boss’s job.

Fuller said “organizations are demanding a lot more of their workers, without a whole lot of recognition or loyalty on the employers’ part.”

Prof. Amin Ghaziani in the Metro Vancouver

talking about how to make cities safe for a diverse range of LGBTQ people

Prof. Nathan Lauster in the Comox Valley Record

talking about the area’s high proportion of single-person households

Important Dates


Tues 13   Visiting Professors Workshop Series:  Maggie Kusenbach (2107) 4:00-5:15 Three Ways of Doing Urban Ethnography: Exploring Bodies, Interactions, and Narratives in the City
Thurs 15   TALK Sociology – Networking night for Alumni, Students and Faculty (AMS Nest) 6-8 PM
Tues 27   Visiting Professors Workshop Series:  Laura Enriquez (2107) 4:00-5:15  Studying Social Transformation in Latin America Ethnographically
Fri 30      University Closed (Good Friday)


Mon 2    University Closed (Easter Monday)
Tues 3 Seminar Series Speaker: Paula England (NYU) (134)     11:00 – 12:30  Gendered Cohort Trends in Having Sex with Same-Sex Partners
Fri 6        Last Day of Classes  – Term 2
                   End of Term BBQ 4:00-5:30 (Lower Level Lounge)
Tues 10    Faculty Meeting (2107) 11:00 – 12:30
                     Retirement for Dawn Currie (3:30-5:00)
Thurs 19   Lindsey Richardson, panelist, Medtalk: Socio-economic drivers of substance use and overdose. (Robson Square) 6:30-9:30 PM
10 – 25   Winter Session Term 2 Examination Period
Sun 22      Vancouver SunRun 10K (UBCSociology competes!) 9:00 a.m.


Tues 8    Faculty Meeting (2107) 11:00-12:30
Mon 21      University Closed (Victoria Day)
Thurs 24   Recognition Reception for Anne Martin-Matthews 4:00-5:30
Fri 25       Convocation Ceremony (Chan Centre) 4:00 p.m.

Prof. Rima Wilkes is interviewed by the Vancouver Courier on the effectiveness of counter-protests.

Wilkes said such protests are effective in sending a message through the media but ineffective at creating dialogue between opposing groups: “Are counter-protests effective?”

Prof. Catherine Corrigall-Brown on Counter-protests in Vancouver (@ 1.15 mark)

Prof. Rima Wilkes on CBC Early Edition talking about offensive memorials (1:42:25 mark)


UBC ranks among the top 40 universities in the world and Sociology has an award-winning record, including 2017 Killam Teaching Awards: for Prof. Catherine Corrigall-Brown, Ph.D Candidate Nicole Malette, and Prof. Silvia Bartolic.


Structure and Construction, Process and Change: courses in Sociology are ideal for students interested in understanding how everyday life gets put together and how it might be altered for the better.

Prof. Seth Abrutyn has won the Children and Youth section’s Outstanding Scholarly Contribution award,

as well as the Mental Health section’s Best Publication award at the 2017 annual ASA Conference for his paper, “Adolescents under Pressure: A New Durkheimian Framework for Understanding Adolescent Suicide in a Cohesive Community.”

Prof. Lindsey Richardson has received the 2017 Junior Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association’s Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Section.

The award is given in recognition of research contributions within sociology and the demonstration of independent research to a scholar who has defended their dissertation within the past five years. Prof. Richardson received the award at this year’s annual ASA meeting.

UBC at the 112th ASA Annual Meeting

View UBC’s participation in the ASA Annual Meeting, taking place from August 11th to August 16th in Montréal.

PhD Candidate Cary Wu received a doctoral fellowship (US$18,000) from The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF).

The CCKF Fellowship is awarded to Doctoral Candidates in the humanities and social sciences who are completing the last stage of their Ph.D. research and writing their dissertations.

Prof. Rima Wilkes is interviewed by MacLean’s Magazine on the rise of Canadian birthing hotels.

Professor Wilkes discusses how racism may be a factor in some of the protests against the hotels: “Why women are using birthing hotels in Canada”