About UBC Sociology


about sociology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology at UBC, internationally renowned as a leading centre for sociological research. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, we are a department with a global outlook but also strong commitments to Canada and BC. Diverse rankings consistently place us among the strongest departments in the world (e.g. #20 in Times Higher Ed World Rankings in Sociology for 2017), and within the top three in Canada.

Our dynamic professors have a strong tradition of teaching and mentoring excellent students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Our faculty have won numerous Killam Teaching Prize awards, the highest teaching honour bestowed by UBC, as well as several research awards. The department has also recently hosted and edited key journals for the field, including the Canadian Review of Sociology (flagship journal of the Canadian Sociological Association) ; Journal of Health and Social Behavior ; Sociological Theory ; and the Journal of Comparative Family Studies. In addition, we host the Sojourners Undergraduate Journal of Sociology, promoting the work of emerging sociologists (current co-editors in Chief: Andy Holmes and Emma Russo).

As active scholars, professors in the department regularly publish their research in leading journals, including: American Sociological Review, Canadian Review of Sociology, Demography, Economy and Society, Gender & Society, Journal of Marriage & Family, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Science & Medicine, Sociological Theory, Theory & Society, Theory, Culture & Society and Work & Occupations. Award-winning faculty books are also published by strong university presses like Chicago, Duke, NYU, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford, Temple, Toronto, and UBC, among others.

Complementing their scholarly activities, many of our faculty members are active public intellectuals, appearing in international, national, and regional radio, television, print, and internet outlets. Many also have numerous connections to universities, research centres, policy tanks, government bodies, and other organizations in Asia, Europe, the United States, and beyond.  Our graduate students also have a record for making a difference, and they participate actively in the intellectual life of the department. In addition to their public appearances, they co-author papers with faculty, present at professional association meetings, and contribute to undergraduate teaching.

An exciting distinguished speaker series brings to our campus some of the most exciting sociologists in the world. Our newsletter keeps us connected to over 3,000 of our alumni.

Overall, the Department’s research and teaching specializations fall in seven broad areas, with many faculty members pursuing their work in comparative and international fashion:


View The Departmental History of Sociology at UBC. This short history documents some of the major milestones of Sociology at UBC-Vancouver from the perspective of the Department of Sociology.

The Department of Sociology at UBC Point Grey is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people.

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Department of Sociology

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University of British Columbia
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1

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Main Office: soci.dept@ubc.ca