There are many definitions of public sociology. For me, public sociology encompasses both the participation in public events, debates and discourse to better understand sociological issues, and the use of sociology and sociological methods to influence and impact change through law, policy, and activism.
My own experience and activism in universities in Ontario and Quebec informs my analysis. Participation in both on the ground activism, and at local and national political meetings and conventions has provided me insight into public sector unionism and also the strategies of unions in organizing precarious workers.
My research also informs higher education policy and labour organizing, and I endeavour to collaborate with various stakeholders in the public sector, including academic associations, faculty and student unions, trade unions and worker centres, universities and colleges, and provincial and federal ministers and public organizations in higher education and the social services.
Recent Presentations and Talks
2017 We Know What is Wrong: CAUT's Survey of Contract Academic Staff. Paper presented with Dr. Karen Foster at Stronger Together: Conference on Contract Academic Staff organized by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), Toronto.
2017 Precarious Professionals: Gender Relations in the Academic Profession and the Feminization of Employment Norms. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting, Montreal.
2017 Precarious Professionals: Gender Relations in the Academic Profession and the Feminization of Employment Norms. Paper presented at the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) Annual Meeting at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ryerson University.
2017 Precarious Academic Work in Canada: Trends, Causes and Implications. Invited talk for Townhall Meeting organized by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3913, Guelph.
2016 Precarious Workers or Entitled Students? Framing During the 2015 UofT Graduate Employee Strike. Paper presented at Domination and Resistance: Precarious Work Conference organized by the UCLA Institute for Research on Labour and Employment (IRLE). Seattle.
2016 Working Conditions of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty: Economic & Professional Marginalization. Paper presented at the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) Annual Meeting at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Calgary.
2016 Setting the Stage: What do we know about the impact of precarious academic labour on contract faculty and our university communities? Invited talk for Confronting Precarious Work Conference organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).