Research BlogWith over 60 faculty members from across three campuses, the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto conducts ground-breaking research into the social trends facing our world in the twenty-first century.

Our research blog has up-to-date news about the research being done in the Department, reflections and tips related to sociological research. Our research booklet provides a short overview of the research interests of our faculty and PhD candidates. Also watch for our working paper series that will provide access to research findings as they come out.

The following areas of specialization provide a broad outline of the Department’s areas of excellence. Many of our researchers have interests that intersect and that span multiple areas and subfields.Research Booklet

Immigration and Ethnicity

Global migrations shape the transformation of societies as diverse as Canada, China and the countries of the European Union. The study of immigration and ethnic relations seeks to understand ethnic identities and communities, and the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of the immigration experience.

Health & Mental Health

Social organizations and social processes have a profound effect on health. Sociologists of health and mental health consider structural, social psychological, stress process, labeling, macro-comparative, and institutional approaches, and study both health outcomes and health providers. Working Papers CS button

Crime & Socio-Legal Studies

All societies seek to maintain a sense of social order. Researchers in this area study determinants of criminal and deviant behaviour in diverse settings. They also examine the social bases and influences on the legal field.

Gender & Family

Ideologies about gender and the role of the family structure form some of the basic building blocks of society. Researchers examine the construction of gender roles, the intersectional links between gender, status, and inequality, and the gendered structure and functioning of family life.

Stratification, Work and Labour Markets

Social inequalities come in many forms and derive from structural and individual factors. Researchers in this area study the impact of income disparity, patterns of inequality and status in the workplace, and the intersection of economics and social systems. 

Political Sociology

Political phenomena have social underpinnings. Scholars in this area draw on sociological theories and methods to ex-plain political protest and advocacy, state formation and governance, and policy development and implementation.

Sociology of Culture

Social interactions and identity formation often coalesce around cultural consumption and symbols of status. Research-ers in this area examine material products, ideas, and symbols and their relationship to social behaviour.

Networks and Community

The ways in which people interact with each other affects their health, social position and how they see their place in so-ciety. This area measures the ties between individuals to understand such dimensions of society as communication pat-terns, occupational success, and collective action.

Qualitative and Quantitative Methods 

The quality of research results rely on flawless research tools and techniques. Scholars in these two areas investigate current methods and develop innovative strategies to overcome difficulties in obtaining the best possible research data.

Sociological Theory

Sociological theory seeks to develop understanding of social phenomena. It builds on the works of theorists who have been observing and analyzing the social world since the nineteenth century. 


Interdisciplinary Connections

CGSP buttonCentre for Global Social Policy
Housed in the Sociology Department and led by Professor Ito Peng, this Centre brings together researchers and graduate students who analyze social policy issues from a global perspective. Currently, the work of the centre is focused on issues related to a large SSHRC-funded partnership grant studying gender, migration and the work of care.

Munk School of Global Affairs

Many of our faculty members also have affiliations with the Munk School of Global Affairs. With a mandate to "deeply integrate research on global affairs with teaching and public education," the Munk School comprises more than 30 centres and institutes. Our faculty members are heavily involved in the Asian Institute, The Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Centre for the Study of the United States, Ethnic and Pluralism Studies, the Centre for South Asian Studies, Centre for the Study of Korea, the Global Migration Research Institute, and the Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice.

The Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies.

Criminology and Sociology have close ties and many of our faculty members are affiliated with the Centre. There they collaborate with other faculty members who have primary affiliations in such departments as history, law, psychology, philosophy and political science.

Women and Gender Studies Institute

The Institute is dedicated to exploring the entangled work of gender, race and sexuality in identities, relations, practices, theories and institutions. Faculty from a wide variety of disciplines participate either as core faculty members or as affiliate faculty members.

School of Public Policy and Governance 

Several of our faculty members are also involved in the School of Public Policy and Governance. The School seeks to bring together researchers, practitioners, and community members to contribute to policy debates, development, and discussion across many areas of expertise, both nationally and internationally.

We also have faculty members cross-appointed with the Cinema Studies Institute and with the Institute for Life Course and Aging.