Our team brings together individuals who apply diverse methodologies to address critical issues of employment, the quality of work, household and community-level economic conditions, strains in the work-home interface, and health. We strive to translate our discoveries in ways that inform the public, employers and organizational leaders, and policymakers to improve quality of life for all workers. 

Faculty Researchers and Affiliates:

Scott Schieman

Dr. Scott Schieman is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto (St. George campus). He holds a Canada Research Chair in the Social Contexts of Health. He is the lead investigator for the Canadian Quality of Work and Economic Life Study, the Canadian Work, Stress, and Health Study, and the U.S. Work, Stress, and Health Study.

Alex Bierman

Dr. Alex Bierman is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Calgary. He is the wizard of all things statistical.  Dr. Bierman has an extensive background in the analysis of longitudinal surveys, has repeatedly taught classes in social statistics from the introductory to doctoral levels, and frequently serves as a resource for other members of the C-QWELS and CAN-WSH teams.  

Alex Bierman – University of Calgary

Melissa Milkie

Dr. Melissa Milkie is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and Chair of the Graduate Department. Her research focuses on structural and cultural changes in gender, work and family life over recent decades and how work-family configurations are linked to health and well-being. Recently she was named as one of the top-cited work-family researchers in the world by the Work-Family Researchers Network.

Quan D. Mai

Dr. Quan D. Mai is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. His research interests focus on social inequality in the labor markets, nonstandard employment, race, and research methods. He is particularly interested in how the experience of nonstandard employment shapes various aspects of workers’ lives, including their well-being and labor market prospects.

Paul Glavin

Dr. Paul Glavin is Associate Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. His research examines emerging challenges to the employment and health of Canadian workers, with a focus on Canadians’ experiences in self-employment and alternative work arrangements.

Marisa Young

Dr. Marisa Young is an Associate Professor of Sociology at McMaster University. Her areas of are in work, family, stress, and health, and advanced quantitative methods. Dr. Young is an Early Career Fellow at the Work-Family Research Network and the recipient of the 2017 Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Atsushi Narisada

Dr. Atsushi Narisada is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Saint Mary’s University, His current research examines the antecedents and consequences of justice perceptions in the workplace. His recent work on this subject has appeared in Social Psychology QuarterlyWork and Occupations, and Social Justice Research

Sarah Reid

Dr. Sarah Reid leads Doblin Canada, Deloitte’s design-led innovation practice. She works with Canadian family businesses, large corporates, and governments to tackle issues of digital disruption, workplace equity, affordable housing, and climate change with innovation and service design. Prior to Deloitte, Sarah helped establish Canada’s first regulatory ‘nudge unit’ at the Ontario Securities Commission. 

Sarah Reid – Doblin Canada

Laura Upenieks

Dr. Laura Upenieks is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Baylor University. Her research focuses on religion and health, aging and the life course, and quantitative methods. One interest seeks to integrate life course models of health and social network analysis to understand how life course inequalities shape health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leah Ruppanner

Dr. Leah Ruppanner is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of The Policy Lab at the University of Melbourne. She is an expert in family, gender, public policy, cross-national research, and quantitative methods. Her book, Motherlands: How States Push Mothers out of Employment seeks to understand how U.S. states vary in their childcare policies, gender empowerment and maternal employment. 

Sharla Alegria

Dr. Sharla Alegria is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her research agenda includes efforts to (1) understand how inequalities persist when individuals and institutions reject discrimination and (2) understand the equity related consequences of the shift toward flexible workplace practices, especially in knowledge-based, globally interconnected work.

Irene Boeckmann

Dr. Irene Boeckmann, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, focuses on gender, families, work, and public policies.  A current project examines the work-family nexus from the perspective of fathers, including how workplace policies and men’s occupations are related to fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives.

Kim Pernell

Dr. Kim Pernell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair in Economic Sociology. Her research examines the causes and consequences of risky or ineffective organizational behavior, with a focus on banking and finance. A current project focuses on changes in the small business landscape, with implications for economic inequality.

Felix Cheung

Dr. Felix Cheung is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. His research examines the population determinants and consequences of subjective well-being, with a focus on pressing global issues (e.g., income inequality, social unrest, COVID-19). Recently, he was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.

Cary Wu

Dr. Cary Wu is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at York University. His research focuses on: (1) how value orientations such as social and political trust are formed, and (2) how these values explain structural inequality based on gender and race/ethnicity. He has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study how political institutions and social norms shape COVID-19 response and how the pandemic exacerbates existing health inequalities.


Students:

Philip J. Badawy

Philip J. Badawy is currently a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Toronto. His research is focused on the intersection of work and family life and the implications of these dynamics for workers’ stress and health, with a specific focus on how these processes change over time.

Philip Badawy – University of Toronto

Rachel Meiorin

Rachel Meiorin is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is interested in the causes and consequences of socioeconomic mobility and how social contexts affect these processes. Her current research examines how neighbourhood factors condition stress trajectories in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rachel Meiorin – University of Toronto

Lei Chai

Lei Chai is currently a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on health and mental health, work and family, and social stratification.

Walter Muiruri

Walter Muiruri is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto St. George Campus, pursuing a double major in Economics and Statistics with a Focus in Data Analytics. Walter is both passionate and interested in work involving socioeconomic and urban policy.

Walter Muiruri – University of Toronto

Ryu Won Kang

Ryu Won Kang is an undergraduate student studying biochemistry and immunology at the University of Toronto, and currently serves as editor-in-chief of the North American Model United Nations and the University of Toronto International Health Program publications.

Ryu Won Kang – University of Toronto

Xin Ming (Matthew) Zhou

Matthew Zhou is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in pharmacology and physiology with interests in medicine and mental health. He has worked with professors at Western University and the University of Toronto to complete research projects in these fields. In addition to science, Matthew is also passionate about music and public speaking. 

Matthew Zhou – University of Toronto

Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto St. George Campus, pursuing a double major in Sociology and Political Science, with the hopes to establish an academic career in Social Psychology and Social Cognition.

Daniel Hill – University of Toronto

Jerry Lyu

Jerry Lyu is an undergraduate student pursuing a specialist in sociology and a minor in anthropology. His interests include sociology of culture, gender inequality, and sociology of work. He has done research in these fields with professors at the University of Toronto and he hopes to continue on working on projects related to these fields in his postgraduate academic career.

Jerry Lyu – University of Toronto